After sending her 13-year-old son Tyquan (pictured right) to live with relatives to avoid neighborhood violence, Sandra Tyler‘s worst nightmare became reality when he was killed in a drive-by shooting while walking away from a party, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Visiting his mother for the summer, Tyquan had only been home for two weeks when he begged to go to the party with his older sisters. It was after midnight when Tyler drove to pick him up and that’s when she spotted him lying on the sidewalk. He died in his mother’s arms.
“I held him in my arms on the sidewalk and talked to him while he was fighting for his life,” Tyler said Sunday. “I regret letting him go to the party. He was my baby — so loving and respectful.”
Two more people were fatally shot in other Chicago neighborhoods on Sunday: 29-year-old Hansen Jackson was shot several times in the chest and later died at Mount Sinai Hospital,and 22-year-old Anthony Jones who was also shot and killed, according to a CBS Chicago report.
At least 30 others, including two other teenage boys, were reportedly wounded in shootings throughout the city. A 15-year-old and 14-year-old were taken in stable and fair condition, respectively, to a children’s hospital following a shooting attack while they were playing basketball Saturday around 8:45 p.m.
Other victims include a man shot and two other hit by a vehicle in a suspected gang-related incident about 4 a.m. Saturday in front of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, police said. Another man, 36, was shot in the arm in an unrelated incident and was taken in critical condition to a hospital.
Deborah Dortch, one of Tyler’s neighbors, says that she fears violence so much, that she doesn’t even let her children ride the school bus, let alone attend a party.
“Our babies are being killed for no reason,” she said.
According to CBS, Chicago is literally a war-zone. While 144 Americans have died in Afghanistan in 2012, 228 Chicago residents have been killed. That number quadruples New York City’s rate and doubles Los Angeles’ rate.