The shootings continue in Chicago, as the death toll climbs to 232 for the year 2013. From Friday to Sunday morning, six have been fatally shot and 17 wounded.
One of the victims, 6-year-old Quianna Tompkins, was shot in the chest while attending a vigil. Her mother and father have spoken out against the rampant gun violence. Juannake Kenney, her mother, said at a press conference, “Please, we gotta stop the killing, we have to stop, we have to stop!”
Her father, Kenneth Tompkins added:
“My child loves life, she enjoys it,” her father Kenneth Tompkins added. “She really gets it. To rob her of that, to attempt to rob her of that, is ridiculous. Something needs to be done about this before somebody else’s child gets shot for no reason.”
The other victims include a 52-year-old woman, a 17-year-old girl, a 14-year-old boy and a 28-year-old who had been attending a birthday party.
Authorities say gang disputes have been the cause of the violence, but the victims are mostly innocent bystanders.
As always, our prayers are with Chicago.