Jonshel Alexander dead at 22 as former child actor ‘shot inside vehicle’

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Former child actress Jonshel Alexander has died after reportedly being shot while inside a car.

The 22 year old, who starred in the Oscar-nominated feature film Beasts of the Southern Wild earlier this year.

According to local news website Nola.com, police reported that an assailant fired shots into their vehicle at the 1500 block of North Claiborne Avenue at about 9pm local time on Saturday night (3am UK time).

Ms Alexander was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, while the other occupant of the vehicle drove himself to a hospital.

Distraught mother Shelly Alexander paid tribute to her on Tuesday, writing: "She brought life to everything,"

"Jonshel was feisty, jazzy, spoiled. It was her way or no way. Jonshel was like, 'It's going to be me.'"

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