Chicago’s Gun Violence Is Taking a Toll on City’s Youth
(CHICAGO) — An 11-year-old girl became the latest child in Chicago to be killed by gunfire this past weekend when a stray bullet sailed through a bedroom window and struck her.
Shamiya Adams was at a sleepover in the city’s West Garfield Park neighborhood when a shooting occurred outside and a bullet hit her in the head, according to ABC News station WLS.
She is one of 10 children under the age of 18 who have been killed since the summer began in what is quickly becoming a very deadly summer across the city, according to Chicago officials.
There were three other people killed and 39 injured this weekend alone. More than 70 individuals have been killed since Memorial Day weekend, many of whom were young men in their teens and early 20s.
“I don’t wish this on nobody. My daughter was so sweet and so kind. She kiss me on my cheek every night and told me how much she loved me,” Shaneetha Goodloe, Adams’ mother, said at a prayer vigil Sunday night, according to WLS.
“I don’t want nobody to retaliate because I want no more killing. Let police do what they do,” Goodloe added.
Police are still searching for the shooting suspect.
The other children shot this summer include:
- Kevin Diaz, 14
- Dekarlos Scott, 15
- Christopher Jones, 16
- Nicholas Keener, 16
- Lafayette Walton, 16
- Adam Lara, 16
- Marcel Pearson, 17
- Michael Patton, 17
- Brandon Peterson, 17
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