Chicagoland: Woman Shot and Killed After Attending Anti-Violence Event, 26 Others Shot in Past Day

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 at 9:41 pm
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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.

3 Responses to “Chicagoland: Woman Shot and Killed After Attending Anti-Violence Event, 26 Others Shot in Past Day”

  1. sound awake on 27/27/14 at 10:52 am

    it was the violence in detroit (1967 riots) that led to its downfall

    the violence made the people start leaving which lowered the tax base and made peoples property values go down and their taxes go up and policing go down which made violence go up which made more people leave which lowered the tax base further which made property values go down which made taxes go up and policing go down which made violence go up…

    chicago is on its way to being detroit way more than most people there realize or willing to admit

  2. SNuss on 28/28/14 at 1:50 pm

    “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 you could be ARMED to protect yourself, the criminals might be less of a problem.

  3. kevino on 28/28/14 at 5:09 pm

    RE: ” There is literally nowhere you can go to be safe.”
    There is a safe place that you can go: away from Chicago, Detroit, LA, or anywhere else where Democrats speak softly to armed thugs and think happy thoughts instead of rounding them up.

    Ladies and gentlemen it is very simple. The streets of Boston and New York City before Mayor Bloomberg solved this problem:
    1. Identify the open air drug markets.
    2. Gather probable cause to search the young men who run the drug trade.
    3. Find their guns.
    4. Prosecute them in Federal court where the penalty for a felon possessing a firearm is ten years. (90-something percent of these guys are felons.)
    5. Rinse and repeat.

    Arresting them on state charges is a waste of time: the bad guys are out by mid-afternoon. Even if convicted, the penalty for most state weapons charges is a year that almost never gets served. When it is served, it gets watered down to a few months in county jail.

    Boston was putting away two or three thugs away for ten years every day or so. It decimated the gangs that ran the drug trade and created the violence.

    Chicago isn’t interested in breaking up the gangs: they are part of the political scene.