Boy, 12, says a prayer, calls for peace in Puerto Rico as a crime wave has left 20 dead in 10 days

‘I want peace in Puerto Rico’: Heartwarming video shows boy praying for the Caribbean island as it deals with a crime wave that has left 20 dead in the first 10 days of 2019

A 12-year-old boy in Puerto Rico afraid of leaving his home issued an emotional plea, saying a prayer begging for peace in his homeland.

Josihel Delgado Martínez has grown tired of hearing about the continuous violence that has engulfed the Caribbean island throughout the first 10 days of 2019.

On Thursday, the young boy stood in front of his mom Lynn Martínez and told how he had been feeling down of late.

‘Mom, I’m sad for my Puerto Rico. Mom, you have not seen what’s happening,’ the disheartened child says.

Josihel Delgado Martínez's prayer for peace in Puerto Rico quickly went viral Thursday

Josihel Delgado Martínez’s prayer for peace in Puerto Rico quickly went viral Thursday

A concerned boy in Puerto Rico leads his mother in a prayer which she posted on her Facebook account on Thursday

A concerned boy in Puerto Rico leads his mother in a prayer which she posted on her Facebook account on Thursday

The mother then gives her concerned son a heads up as she is recording their sentimental conversation, which he consents to. 

The video has more than 200,000 views on the mother’s Facebook account. 

‘I want there to be peace, mom,’ Delgado Martínez said while chatting inside his home in the southern coastal city of Guayama.

‘I want to pray for them so that there could be peace in Puerto Rico once again.’ 

The mother then asks her son who would lead the prayer, something he was quick to accept.

‘God, I ask you to change the hearts of the people, to give them love, mercy, forgiveness and compassion,’ the youngster prayed while kneeling in front of his mother. 

Lynn Martínez joined her son Josihel Delgado Martínez during a prayer on Thursday, which she shared on social media. The video has gained over 200,000 views

Lynn Martínez joined her son Josihel Delgado Martínez during a prayer on Thursday, which she shared on social media. The video has gained over 200,000 views

Lynn Martínez  (top center) shares a special Christmas holiday hug with her son Josihel Delgado Martínez (bottom center)

Lynn Martínez  (top center) shares a special Christmas holiday hug with her son Josihel Delgado Martínez (bottom center)

Josihel Delgado Martínez says he is saddened by the crisis that has impacted Puerto Rico as of late in which 20 people have been murdered in 2019

Josihel Delgado Martínez says he is saddened by the crisis that has impacted Puerto Rico as of late in which 20 people have been murdered in 2019

‘God, I feel saddened by the [current state] of the streets of Puerto Rico. Father, I’m afraid to go out with my family.’ 

There have been 20 murders reported in the first 10 days of the new year.

Most have included in broad daylight as the island deals with a shortage of police officers.

Puerto Rico’s police department force is made up of about 9,000 cops, a 50 percent drop since the beginning of the current decade. 

A Sunday morning shooting near the tourist district of Isla Verde killed one man as a group of men ran at him and open fired following an argument inside a popular nightclub. 

On Monday afternoon, an SUV pulled up to a pair of brothers that had just exited a store and the driver opened fired on the men, killing one of the siblings.

Thursday morning, an openly gay Latin Trap artist, Kevin Fret, was assassinated while he was riding a motorcycle. 

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