‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ Actress Jonshel Alexander Killed at 22

Still from 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'. Credit: Pinterest

Former child actress Jonshel Alexander from the film Beasts of the Southern Wild was killed in New Orleans.

Nola.com reports the 22 year old and a man were shot inside a car in New Orleans’ 7th Ward on Saturday. Alexander was dead when paramedics arrived, according to local police.

Alexander played a supporting role as Joy Strong in the 2012 film, which shows the lives of a fictional Bayou community in rural Louisiana. 

She auditioned alongside 4,000 other Louisiana natives for a part in the Academy Award-nominated film. 

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Still from 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'. Credit: Pinterest
Jonshel Alexander (far left) with her co-stars from ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’. Credit: Pinterest

According to Nola.com, the film’s director Benh Zeitlin has been in contact with Alexander’s family after hearing about the shooting. 

Police are still looking for a suspect and have recovered a maroon pickup truck they believe was used by the shooter.

Police ask that anyone with information about the case or the killing call homicide detective Brittany Kimbrough at (504) 658-5300 or call Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans Inc. anonymously at (504) 822-1111 or (877) 903-7867.