Antonio’s Response


A Situational Response

On May 9th, 2016, Antonio’s Response held our first community exercise, a “Situational Response – no death of a tender age youth but a time to bring stakeholders together to practice while impacting a targeted area.”   During the 9-day event, our team of 100 volunteers passed out over 1000 pieces of materials relating to summer jobs for youth, youth programming, employment training for returning citizens, housing, mental health services, educational advancements opportunities, CAPS, block club and church announcements. In addition, we took special request for services from 32 individuals and many stopped to receive prayer from one of the many prayer teams.

This level of engagement would not have been possible without the following organizations and individuals:

Antonio’s Response Committee Members
– Chicago 3rd District Police Department (CAPS)
– Chicago Against Violence
– Grand Crossing Park Neighborhood Network
– Shiloh Seventh-day Adventist Church
– Parkway Garden Christian Church
– Breaking Bread
– Park Manor Neighborhood Association
– Gary Comer Youth Center
– No Shots Fired, Woodlawn
– The Triangle Neighborhood Organization
– All the concerned residents from Woodlawn
– Individuals and family members who stopped by throughout the event

We learned key lessons that will be shared at our May 9th meeting.  Let’s keep praying for and showing up for PEACE!


Reward Tyshawn Lee

$20,000 Reward Offered to Find Tyshawn Lee’s Killer

From ABC 7 Chicago:


A $20,000 reward is offered for information leading to an arrest in the shooting death of Tyshawn Lee, 9, on Chicago’s South Side.

“If anybody knows anything (about what) happened, please come forward and find whoever did this to my baby. Oh my god, I love my son,” the boy’s mother, Karla Lee, tearfully told a group of reporters Tuesday afternoon.

Police and community activists echoed the call for information about the shooter.

“You’re an enemy of this community and the house that is hiding you, if they don’t turn you in today, you are an enemy of this community,” said Fr. Michael Pflegler, of St. Sabina Church.

Tyshawn was fatally shot in an alley near his grandmother’s home in the 8000-block of South Damen Avenue in the city’s Gresham neighborhood around 4:15 p.m. Monday.

Tyshawn loved to play basketball. Family members said he brought his ball everywhere he went and it was found near his body Monday afternoon.

For more information, including a message from Karla Lee, Tyshawn’s mother, click here:  $20k Reward Offered to Find 9-Year-Old Boy’s Killer

Tyshawn Lee

Tyshawn Lee, 9, Fatally Shot Near Grandmother’s House

Antonio’s Response would like to send our sincere condolences and prayers to the family of Tyshawn Lee, age 9 who was fatally shot near his grandmother’s house in Chicago’s Gresham Neighborhood.  At some point, enough must be enough.  From ABC 7 News in Chicago:

An 9-year-old boy was fatally shot in the Gresham neighborhood Monday afternoon and police are searching for the shooter, police said.

The shooting occurred at about 4:15 p.m. near West 80th Street and South Damen Street on the city’s South Side.

The boy was shot several times in the upper body, including in the head and back, in an alley, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Community activist Andrew Holmes was at the scene and said that he believes there were witnesses and is urging neighbors to come forward.

“This child should have been walking to school in the morning, not taking a ride to the medical examiner’s office,” Holmes said.

Police said an unknown number of people were gathered in the alley when an altercation started and resulted in gunfire, said Dean Andrews, Chicago police chief of detectives.

To read more, click the following link:  9-Year-Old Fatally Shot in Gresham Neighborhood


Antonio’s Response Community Launch

August 20th 2015 marked the 1 year anniversary of the death of Antonio Smith Jr., a 9 year old killed by alleged gang members in the Grand Crossing neighborhood of Chicago.  During a vigil and ceremony, we launched the our organization, “Antonio’s Response” which garnered the support of Antonio’s family, the local community, and the local news.

We would like to thank everyone who came out to show support during the launch, and will appreciate continuing support as we continue to reclaim our communities!

For more information about the launch you can read the article at ABC7.  For more information about Antonio’s Response, feel free to visit the “About Us” and “Get Involved” sections of our website!!

Killing of 9-year-old sparks Anti-Violence Initiative


Welcome to Antonio’s Response

Thank you for visiting Antonio’s Response!  We are a community organization with an aim to be a response to youth violence, providing a model that can be replicated using the following approaches:

  • Employing innovation to foster community organizing.
  • Creating a menu of strategic options to involve the masses and encourage many to do just a little.
  • Creating and managing a community event’s calendar.
  • Connecting first and if necessary, creating collaborative youth empowerment programs.
  • Work with local police and academic institutions to identify and evaluate the impact of our collective work.

Our aim is to inspire unity in our community, providing a blanket of support and safety for our youth.  We also want to research and directly address the conditions that create youth violence.  If we can inspire the masses to work together by contributing just a little, we are confident that we can be an example of change that will impact the nation.  We appreciate your visits, comments, support, and look forward to hearing from you all soon!  Don’t forget to check out our “Get Involved” section to learn about ways you can help.

In the comments section, let’s start by participating in a “roll call.”  Let us know who you are, where you are from, and what bought you to Antonio’s Response


Antonio Smith Jr.

Antonio Maurice Smith Jr., lovingly called “Fat Baby” and “Hamburger” loved to eat, dance to Michael Jackson songs and make people laugh.  The fourth grader was on the honor roll at Hinton Elementary in Chicago, and was very smart.

On August 20th, 2014 Antonio’s life was tragically taken after he was shot in the chest, hands and arms in the Grand Crossing neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois.  After being angry he was denied cake according to his family he ran out of the house.  Hours later, he was gunned down by four gang members who thought he was alerting a rival gang of his presence.   Antonio had no gang affiliation, although he lived in an area that was a crossing point of two rival gang factions.

Since January 2014 to date, there have been 3,816 shooting victims in Chicago neighborhoods.  Street violence in Chicago has been the subject of media attention and debates regarding Black on Black Violence.  The problem of street violence has also drawn the attention of film producer Spike Lee, who is developing a film about black-on-black murder in the South Side of Chicago.

Antonio’s Response aims to be a champion in combating street violence and conditions that foster it.  These are our neighborhoods and our lives.  We have children who represent Antonio; we all are Antonio.  Unless we develop strategies that address all issues, the violence and negative attention will never again.  We want to be create a movement that challenges street violence across the nation at all levels, when the line continues to be crossed.


Chicago Tribune: Family Mourns Slain 9-Year-Old Boy

Aug. 30th, 2014

Three weeks ago, Antonio Maurice Smith, Jr., was just another kid enjoying summer with his family at the annual Bud Billiken Parade.

Described as energetic and smart, the 9-year-old Antonio loved to smile, entertain and dance to Michael Jackson songs.

Funeral for Antonio Smith
Nine-year-old shooting victim Antonio Smith is laid to rest. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune)
But on Saturday, Antonio lay still in a small white casket, surrounded by bouquets of white, yellow and orange flowers, at a church where he was baptized and sang in choir. His framed Washington Park Pee Wee football No. 84 jersey stood to the left.

“We should not be here,” said the Rev. John Hannah during the funeral at the the Evening Star Missionary Baptist Church, 2050 W. 59th St. in West Englewood. “How many more people have to be sacrificed before we stand up and say enough is enough?”


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