Chicago Mom Lost All 4 Children to Gun Violence


The crime epidemic in urban communities is a story that replays every night as we sit down or log on to catch the news. It’s a story so oft told that it easy to forget that behind the startling numbers are real people. Real victims with real families.

This story out of Chicago is a chilling reminder human toll that gun violence exacts. It isn’t new, but having come across the article this morning, I wanted to post it anyways.

Shirley Chambers of Chicago had four children, three boys and a girl, and she lost everyone of them to gun violence.

In 1995, Chambers’ oldest child, Carlos, was shot and killed at the age of 18.

Her daughter LaToya was shot and killed in July 2000 at the age of 15, three months after her brother, Jerome, 23, was gunned down and killed.

Her last remaining son, Ronnie, a music producer, was coming from an album release party when he was gunned down outside a 24-hour diner last January.

Her story demonstrates the catastrophic effects of urban blight; an overabundance of guns and under-abundance of  opportunity. Our kids are living in a war zone.


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