Niecy Nash on Wednesday opened up the pain of her brother’s death in a school shooting 29 years ago, a day after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at a Texas elementary school.
‘I’m so sad …. my brother was killed on his high school campus,’ Nash, 52, said in a text post atop a selfie. ‘It hits different cuz school is a place you should feel safe. I don’t wish it on anyone.’
The Palmdale, California native’s brother Michael Ensley was fatally shot at 17 on campus at Reseda High School in Reseda, California on February 22, 1993.
The latest: Niecy Nash, 52, on Wednesday opened up the pain of her brother’s death in a school shooting 29 years ago, a day after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at a Texas elementary school
The Reno 911! actress previously opened up about her brother’s death just more than a week after the February 14, 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida in which 14 students and three staffers were murdered.
The Claws actress tweeted: ’25 yrs ago today, my only brother, Michael Ensley was killed on his high school campus by kid with a gun. It’s 2018 and the death toll is rising while our spirits are still breaking.
‘You don’t hear the pain. You hear the sound of NRA [money] being exchanged,’ adding an emoji of a broken heart and the hashtag, #NeverAgain.
The Never Have I Ever personality wrote on Instagram that day, ‘It shakes you to your core when a child doesn’t come home from the one place they should be safe…. I’ve been praying…. now I’m working. If we can change the narrative in America in one weekend by getting folks to #Wakanda surely, collectively we can get assault weapons out of the hands of children. Watch me work…..’
The Claws actress posed in a selfie on her Instagram Stories page on Wednesday
The Reno 911! actress previously opened up about her brother’s death just more than a week after the February 14, 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida in which 14 students and three staffers were murdered
Niecy previously spoke out on gun control following the Parkland shooting four years ago
The man who killed Nash’s brother, Robert Lee Heard Jr., was 15-years-old at the time he killed Ensley, charged as a juvenile in the death and held in a youth facility in 2002.
Heard moved to Louisiana in 2003, and was convicted of attempted murder in a separate incident, which kept him imprisoned through July of 2011, when he was let out on parole.
The man who killed Nash’s brother, Robert Lee Heard Jr., was subsequently convicted in the 2012 murder of his wife
Just more than a year later, in September of 2012, Heard was accused of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing and burning of his wife Demetra L. Doyle.
‘No family should have to endure the loss of a loved one at the hands of a previously convicted violent criminal,’ Nash told E! News at the time of his 2012 arrest. ‘I am deeply saddened to hear that the man who murdered my brother, Michael Ensley, has been charged with murder again.
‘I grieve for every family who has been victimized by this heinous individual. My prayers and love go out to the family of Demetra Doyle Heard during this trying time.’
Heard was convicted of Doyle’s murder in 2017, but was tried again based on a Supreme Court decision after the original jury found him guilty by a vote of 10-2.
Heard last month was convicted of second-degree murder last month in Doyle’s killing in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, KATC reported. The conviction has a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment with no possibility of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. Jurors voted unanimously to convict him in the second trial.
Nash posted a composite image of the victims in Tuesday’s tragedy in Texas
A mourner was seen Wednesday at Robb Elementary School, the site of the massacre
Mourners gathered for a mass on Wednesday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Uvalde
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that in Tuesday’s incident, the gunman, identified as Uvalde resident Salvador Ramos, 18, began his rampage in entering Robb Elementary School armed with an AR-15.
Tuesday’s massacre marked the deadliest mass shooting at an American grade school in the history of the state, and nationally since the December 14, 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 kids and six adults were murdered.
Texas has been the location for multiple mass shootings in recent years, as 26 people were killed in a November 2017 mass shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Sutherland Springs, Texas. In May of 2018, 10 people were murdered at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. In August of 2019, 23 people were murdered at an El Paso, Texas Walmart in a racially-charged attack.