Beasts of the Southern Wild Child Star Jonshel Alexander Dead at 22

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8 on ABC A former child actor has been shot and killed in New Orleans John shelle Alexander a one time child actor who played a supporting role in the 2012 Oscar nominated film beasts of the southern wild was killed in a shooting in New Orleans She was 22 at age 12 Alexander played the character joy strong recounting the story of a poor Louisiana Bayou community struggling for survival It was nominated for four Academy Awards including best picture She would just light up any room So much like she was everything to us Police say it appears she was the unintended victim of a gunman aiming for someone she was with Matt piper CBS

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