Posts tagged "gun violence"

The Barber Shop show: Strong feelings on both sides of the gun rights debate

On the issue of gun rights, people on either side of the debate have strong feelings. Pamela Bosley takes on gun violence because it was an illegal gun that was used to kill her son on an early April evening in 2006. For Colleen Lawson, a close brush with burglars left her feeling vulnerable. But... Read more »

Video: A community mourns at the funeral of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins

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Hundreds gathered at New Beginnings Church of Chicago for the funeral of 6-month-old Jonylah Emani Watkins. One week earlier, the baby was shot in the South Side’s Woodlawn neighborhood, according to the Chicago Police Department. —Produced and photographed by Jonathan Gibby and Lucio Villa

SLIDESHOW: Community mourns death of 6-month-old baby girl

Jonylah Watkins’ mother, center, is comforted after a press conference and vigil for her slain daughter.
Updated 3/25/2013: On March 12, about 200 people attended a press conference and vigil honoring Jonylah Watkins, a 6-month-old baby who was fatally shot a day earlier in the South Side’s Woodlawn neighborhood. The Chicago Police Department initially reported, and later retracted, that Jonylah was shot multiple times, and that her father was changing her... Read more »
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Video: Young gun violence victim Ondolee Perteet gets back on his feet

Video: Young gun violence victim Ondolee Perteet gets back on his feet
Ondelee Perteet nearly became a statistic. When the 18-year-old was shot in the jaw in September 2009, the bullet severed his spine. He was told he would never walk again. Now, three and a half years later, he is slowly getting back on his feet. The Chicago Reporter sat down with Perteet and his mother... Read more »

Demonstrators honor victims of Chicago gun violence, ask for Trauma I Center

More than 100 supporters and members of Students for Health Equity and Fearless Leading by the Youth, a community-based youth organization, dropped off flowers on Feb. 1 at the University of Chicago in remembrance of Chicago gun-violence victims. Photo by Lucio Villa.
More than 100 people marched on the campus of the University of Chicago last week to remember victims of gun violence and to ask for a Level I Trauma Center on the South Side. The students also wanted the university to drop charges against four protesters who were arrested the week before at a similar action. Students... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Pictures behind Chicago's violence problem, SRO sale fallout and reviewing sex-trade legislation

What's Up This Week: Pictures behind Chicago's violence problem, SRO sale fallout and reviewing sex-trade legislation
#2young2die. Every day this week we’ll be showcasing a photograph from our Too Young to Die series by photojournalist Carlos Javier Ortiz. Look out for them on our Facebook page. Front Lines. It’s women on the front lines of the sex trade who bear the brunt of harsh policing against prostitution. One of our blogs... Read more »
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Chicago’s homicide epidemic is a youth homicide epidemic

Chicago’s homicide epidemic is a youth homicide epidemic
Last week, Hayida Pendleton was performing at President Obama’s inauguration festivities. Today, the body of the 15 year-old girl is in the Cook County morgue. She died yesterday of a gunshot wound to the back, hit by a gunman who opened fire on a crowd of teens gathered under a tent after school, trying to... Read more »

SLIDESHOW: Rogers Park group honors 500 victims of violence on Chicago's streets

On the day of the December vigil, Occupy Rogers Park hung 499 wooden stars on a tree at the east end of Lunt Avenue by Lake Michigan. Photo by Sarah Jane Rhee.
As the nation mourned the loss of children and teachers killed in the Newtown, Conn. school shooting, residents of Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood gathered to remember a different kind of massacre — the hundreds of people killed each year on the city’s streets. The Facebook invitation for the Dec. 15 vigil was titled “496 Stars:... Read more »

Can we blame poverty and segregation for Chicago's skyhigh murder rate?

Can we blame poverty and segregation for Chicago's skyhigh murder rate?
All of us at The Chicago Reporter are big fans of the Chicago Reader’s Steve Bogira, and this week, Bogira’s got a great cover story and some shocking data on the relationship between poverty and Chicago’s homicide rate. As we reached 300 homicides this year so far, a milestone we met nearly two months earlier... Read more »
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Race, poverty and politics: City passes new gun law, OKs $7M in police torture settlements; CTU, CPS agree on longer day with more teachers; Chick-fil-A not on Logan Square's menu

Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson and 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke are in a feud that went public Thursday over Burke’s refusal to release information on the city’s workers compensation program. Ferguson wants to look into reports of a number of police officers and firefighters abusing the city’s disability pay programs. Burke, as chair of... Read more »