Gang Violence in Chicago Still On Rise


Sidney Moyers, Reporter

Gun violence is tragic no matter where it is or who is affected. But when innocent children are involved in the crossfire, it seems to make the situation so much worse.

In the city of Chicago, there have already been 70 homicides in 2017 alone and about 760 murders last year. Last week, on February 15, 19-year old Antwan Jones, alleged gang member, was arrested for the murder of Takiya Holmes, an 11-year old girl. Police say that she was unintentionally shot when Jones attempted to shoot rival drug dealers who were selling marijuana near his neighborhood. Unfortunately, Holmes didn’t survive the shot to her head and died on February 14.

Just an hour before Holmes was shot on Saturday, February 11, 12-year old Kanari Gentry Bowers was fatally shot while playing basketball at an elementary school playground. As of right now, Chicago police have made no arrests.

On the same day that Holmes passed away, 2-year old Lavontay White and his 26-year old uncle, Lazarec Colins, were killed in addition to a 20-year old pregnant woman who was injured in the crossfire. As a gang member with a record, officers assume that Collins was the intended victim, but White was shot in the ambush.

President Donald Trump commented in a Twitter post that “if Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible carnage going on…I will send in the Feds.”

Sources: Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, Chicago Tribune