They’ve got serious problems in Mr. Obama’s Neighborhood.
Leonore Draper was minutes away from entering her West Pullman home after an anti-violence charity event she attended Friday night when she was shot and killed.
Police found Draper, 32, shot in the chest and arm in a parked car near her home in the 11600 block of South Laflin Street in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side at about 10:35 p.m., about 30 minutes after the fundraiser she went to was over. She was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn at 12:32 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.
“The irony behind her getting shot… is beyond me,” said Fallon Barrett, 33, who has been close friends with Draper since high school. “I feel like I’m in this really bad dream that I wanna wake up from.”
Draper was one of four people who were killed in a wave of shootings on Chicago’s South, West and Southwest sides starting Friday afternoon, according to authorities; 26 other people suffered gunshot wounds. Among those killed were a 17-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man. An 86-year-old man was also killed in a neighborhood dispute involving an off-duty police officer Friday afternoon that police say began when the man opened fire on the officer’s wife.
Police said Draper’s death was a result of a “possible drive-by shooting,” and as of Saturday no one was in custody in connection with the incident.
The fundraiser Draper attended and helped organize was called A Charitable Confection and was benefitting Project Orange Tree, an anti-violence campaign that started after the death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendelton last year.
“It’s really ironic,” said Christina Isherwood, who helped organize the charity event Draper attended. “She was a part of an anti-violence effort, and she becomes a victim of violence herself.”
Sadly, it’s not ironic. It’s predictable now. The pathetic aspect is most of this is black-on-black crime, yet the national media largely ignores it.
Nza-Ari Khepra, Project Orange Tree’s president, said Draper was one of the few people who tried to do something about Chicago’s endless shootings.
“It’s so sadly real,” said Khepra, who was also at the charity event Draper attended Friday night. “Everyone is in the constant terror. There is literally nowhere you can go to be safe.”
If only there were some Republicans to blame.