Chicago weekend shootings
It was a bloody weekend in Chicago. Despite calls for a peaceful Mother’s Day weekend, police say at least nine people were killed and 49 others injured across Chicago since Friday evening.
Among the dead, a 51-year-old man was stabbed to death during an attempted robbery. The incident happened at 12:30 a.m. Monday near 45th and Drexel in the city’s Bronzeville neighborhood.
On Sunday, 16-year-old Nathan Hicks was shot in the 3400 block of West Arthington Street. Someone stepped out of a car and shot him multiple times in the chest.
Keon Lewis was shot to death while driving his car on north Lake Shore Drive early Sunday.
And late Saturday, 58-year-old Andres Rivera was shot to death while eating dinner at his kitchen table in the 5200 block of South Kolin Avenue.
“For a mother to wake up and her son is dead on Mother’s Day. You know that is very disturbing. It hurts. It’s painful,” said community activist Andrew Holmes. “For a mother to carry a child for nine months, and it only takes seconds to take her child’s life, no matter how old that baby is, that mother’s going through a lot.”
Police say they have made no arrests in any of the weekend shootings. This was the most violent weekend in seven months.
A century after the start of the Great Migration and 50 years after the Kerner Commission Report declared “our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal,” a quarter of Chicago’s 77 communities remain as racially and socioeconomically segregated as ever and undeniably unequal, according to the Chicago Urban League.And that segregation is so deeply entrenched that even those neighborhoods that achieved racial diversity are moving toward re-segregation, say sociologists at American University who analyzed race and housing patterns in 10,000 neighborhoods in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and New York.
“Residential segregation is a fundamental cause of disparities from education to employment and health. These systemic issues can no longer be ignored. The question before us should no longer be if, but how, the public and private sectors will be engaged in making investments that achieve equitable resources for all,” League President and CEO Shari Runner said.
Police are investigating.