Chicago has been under the microscope for some time about the continuing violence that continues to plague the city. July Fourth left 55 people wounded and 10 dead including a seven year old boy who was killed while watching fireworks.

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7 year old Amari Brown was watching the fireworks Saturday with his father at the Humboldt Park when he was shot in the chest. Brown’s father, Antonio Brown said he believed it was fireworks and didn’t know his son had been shot until the child called out to him. Police believe the bullet was meant for Amari’s father but he was caught in the crossfire. Brown is a known  ranking gang member with 45 prior arrests. A 26 year old woman was shot and is labeled in stable condition.

The weekend violence began Friday when 17 year old Vonzell Banks who was shot and killed while playing basketball in the Hadiya Pendleton park. The park was named after the 15 year old girl who was shot and killed 1 week after performing President Obama’s inauguration.  Througout the holiday weekend, 55 people were wounded from gun violence. All of the victims ages ranged from 16-48. The killing of Brown has the community on edge because he was an innocent child simply celebrating the Independence of his country when he was killed. According to Chicago Tribune, the numbers are down from last year Independence day celebration .  Last year, 82 people were shot and 16 were killed.


When will the violence end?

– Ballah-moni Kollie (@Gottadream87)

photo credit: Madame Noire