FOREST PARK, Ill. — Mourners said farewell Saturday to an 11-year-old Chicago girl who was killed by a stray bullet during a slumber party, a day after an attack at a church event in which a 13-year-old boy was gunned down and six other people were wounded.
“Every morning I wake up and cry for at least three hours, I just can’t believe it,” laments Shaneetha Goodloe (pictured) whose 11-year-old daughter, Shamiya Adams (pictured), was senselessly murdered by a stray bullet that allegedly came from the barrel of another youth as she attended a slumber party. Now Goodloe sat down with ABC Eyewitness News for an exclusive interview on how life has been without her precious little girl.
An 11-year-girl was shot and killed during a slumber party as violence struck Chicago over the weekend, local media outlets reported on Sunday. At least 40 people were shot, and four killed, in weekend violence in the third-largest U.S. city, the NBC affiliate in Chicago reported.
While many enjoyed celebrating Independence Day all across the nation, Chicago’s violence raged on with a vengeance that left 60 wounded and nine dead from gun wounds, according to ABC 7 News.
Everybody was sitting out here and I was sitting over there. And I was getting ready to go in the house. And they started shooting and I heard them screaming.
Tonya Gunn, 44, was shot and killed in Chicago’s Morgan Park on Monday while attending a family gathering, reports ABC7-Chicago. At approximately midnight, Gunn was leaning on a dark, blue van when shots rang out from across the street. “Everybody was sitting out here and I was sitting over there. And I was getting ready to go in the house. And they started shooting and I heard them screaming. They saying, ‘Somebody call the police!’ But I didn’t know who it was. And then the ambulance came and they took her. They shot her in front of her daughter,” Krystal Scott, Gunn’s cousin, said.
“They are making her look like a monster when she was just a love-starved child who turned to the wrong person,” said Jerry Thomas, 48, a neighbor of the girl and acquaintance of the uncle, 25-year-old Donnell Flora, who is charged with first-degree murder. “This thing took both children’s lives.”
A woman who had just attended a fundraiser for an anti-violence organization was shot to death in Chicago. Thirty-two-year-old Leonore Draper was shot in the arm and chest inside a car in the West Pullman neighborhood on Friday night. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office says she died after being taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Friends and relatives said she had just attended a fundraiser for a youth anti-violence organization called Project Orange Tree.
With their brightly colored mats spread along a sidewalk, Tameka Lawson’s yoga students try to follow her instructions: concentrate on their breathing and focus on the beauty of their surroundings.
But this is Englewood, one of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods, where streets are dotted with boarded-up houses and overgrown lots, and residents are as familiar with the crackle of gunfire as the chime of an ice cream truck. So while the students stretch their arms to the sky, a man the size of a refrigerator stands guard over the class.
When a 14-year-old Chicago girl was arrested on charges that she shot and killed another 14-year-old Chicago girl, much of the attention centered on how the shooting stemmed from an argument over a boy that was playing out on Facebook.
Buzzing Chicago artist Chance The Rapper was instrumental in a social media campaign that led to a quieting of the escalating gun violence in the Windy City for 42 hours straight. Using Twitter to spread a message of hope, Chance partnered with his father in an ambitious mission to combat the rising murder rate in his beloved hometown.
A Chicago public school teacher was fatally shot at her second job at a real estate office in what police say was an exchange of gunfire between two groups of alleged gang members. Betty Howard taught at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep, and after work with special needs students she spent time at a realty company in Chatham, a middle-class neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. Family members say she was in the office when she was shot Thursday.
Ronald Hayes, a teenager shoveling snow, was shot and killed near his home around Chicago’s Near West Side this past weekend, the Chicago Tribune reports. Around 4:15 p.m. Sunday, a gunman shot Hayes in his head, according to police. Officers located his body outside a nearby apartment complex.