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Tyshawn Lee
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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

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Amari Brown

Amari Brown age 7 was killed on Chicago’s West Side while celebrating the July 4th holiday at his father’s home.  He was struck when someone opened fire, with the intended target being Brown’s father.  Rest in Peace.

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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.

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