Beasts of the Southern Wild Star Jonshel Alexander Dead at 22

A “absolute, one-of-a kind” ex-child actress has died. 

Jonshel AlexanderShe made her acting debut in 2012’s critically-acclaimed drama. Beasts of the Southern WildThe victim,, died. Jonshel and an unnamed man were reportedly shot inside a vehicle in New Orleans on Saturday, Nov. 27, according to the Associated Press (via NBC News). Per the report, citing police, the former child star was pronounced dead at the scene while the man drove to a hospital. Jonshel had 22 years. 

Nearly a decade earlier, the New Orleans native was cast as Joy Strong in the Louisiana-set movie. Jonshel was 12 years of age at that time. 

December 1, 2008 Quvenzhané Wallis, who starred in the lead role, Hushpuppy, honored her former co-star with a tribute on social media. “When filming was done, we were always together. I wish i had the time and resources to go back in history so that i can meet you again,” she said. tweeted. I love you. You will be greatly missed by many. #jonshel #gonetoosoon #prayersgoingup.”