Tamika Mallory Responds to Samaria Rice’s Accusations Tamika Mallory is responding to accusations made by Samaria Rice. Samaria Rice is the mother of 12 year old Tamir Rice who was shot and killed by police officers in Cleveland when they thought the toy gun in his hand was a real gun. Samaria took issue with Tamika participating in Lil Baby’s performance at the Grammys. She felt the performance was attention seeking. Tamika has responded saying, she wants me to not speak of her child. I will be very very careful going forward to ensure that I respect her wishes. I 100% support how she feels and what she has stated in terms of her pain related to her son. I feel like we have all failed her.