CHICAGO - Three days ago, the 15th shooting victim of 2013 was reported in Chicago. Friday afternoon, three more shootings were reported and the number of killings is now nearing 20. At this rate, Chicago's murder rate could reach 700 in 2013, higher than 2012. Each one of these murdered Chicagoans has a story that gets lost on the 30-second TV news spots. WGN TV reported on murder victim number 15:
Tyshawn Blanton grew up in Old Town – back when the Cabrini Green high-rises were still standing.
He no longer lived in the neighborhood, but would often come back to see his mother, who does.
Tuesday night he stopped a convenience store in the 1300 block of North Sedgwick to buy some milk and diapers for his 2-month-old child.
That’s when neighbors say about ten gunshots rang out.
Tyshawn’s mother, Brenda Blanton Calhoun, said, “it just don’t make no sense how these people is just killing innocent life… doesn’t make no sense.”
Calhoun struggles to understand why someone shot her youngest son. The baby-faced looking 31-year-old was the father of eight — four children and four step-children. He was also about to be married.
Read more at http://wgntv.com/2013/01/09/chicago-shooting-victim-becomes-15th-homicide-of-2013/#dByH7fheXUeGX3fY.99