Shooting death of 6–year-old girl punctuates lethal Chicago weekend
Chicago Tribune (March 20): Diana Aguilar was distraught with grief Monday as she sat in the purple-and-pink bedroom of her 6-year-old daughter, gripping photos of her “baby.”
Two days earlier, on a sunny afternoon more like a June day, Aliyah Shell was sitting between her mother’s legs on the family’s Little Village front porch as Aguilar untangled her hair. The family had a friend’s birthday party to attend.
Suddenly, shots rang out from a pickup truck. Aguilar said she knocked her 2-year-old daughter on her back and hugged Aliyah tightly. But Aliyah was shot several times and died that afternoon at a hospital.
“She didn’t deserve this,” the mother repeated over and over again Monday as she sat on her daughter’s bed, which was covered with bright balloons, stuffed animals and family photos. “They’re not people. They’re animals for doing this to my baby. A person with a heart would never do this, so they’re not people.”
Aliyah’s shooting was the most shocking of a particularly violent weekend in Chicago. According to an analysis by the Tribune, 49 people were shot — 10 of them fatally — from late Friday afternoon through early Monday, mostly on the South and Southwest sides. Chicago police, excluding Monday morning from the calculation, said nine homicides took place over the weekend.
The deadly weekend continues a violent start to 2012. From Jan. 1 through Sunday, homicides soared 42 percent, to 94 from 66 a year earlier, according to a police spokeswoman. So far in 2012, nonfatal shootings rose to 408, up from 296 a year earlier, a 38 percent jump, she said. That continues a troubling trend that started in the last quarter of 2011. Police say gangs are to blame for much of the violence, including Aliyah’s killing.
Prosecutors identified both suspects as Latin Kings street gang members who were looking to shoot rivals from the Two-Six gang. Luis Hernandez, who allegedly goes by the nickname “Murder,” admitted in a statement to police that he saw the children on the porch before he opened fire, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Peter O’Mara.
Others killed during the violence:
- Joel Sanroman, 42, shot in the head early Saturday as he drove in the 3100 block of West 53rd Street in the Gage Park neighborhood.
- Adrian Cruz, 24, shot multiple times around 7 p.m. Saturday while standing in the 5900 block of South Fairfield Avenue in Chicago Lawn.
- Vincent Fitts, 22, found shot in the head at 7:50 p.m. Saturday near 79th and Cottage Grove Avenue.
- Jeremy Anthony, 24, who police believe drove himself to the University of Chicago Medical Center after being shot in the back while sitting in his car in the 6300 block of South Ellis Avenue in the Woodlawn neighborhood.
- Bert Lindsey, 36, killed early Sunday from shots fired from a passing vehicle into a backyard party in the 7500 block of South Wolcott Avenue in Auburn-Gresham.
- Equilla Coleman, 24, and two others were found shot early Sunday in the 1400 block of West 53rd after police nearby heard gunfire and found them with gunshot wounds.
- Anthony Scott, 19, died Sunday — two days after he was shot in the 6300 block of North Oakley Avenue by a man who called him over to his vehicle.
- George Marrero, 27, was killed at 10:50 p.m. Sunday during a gang-related drive-by shooting in the 1300 block of North Harding Avenue.
- An unidentified 34-year-old man was shot multiple times in the chest about 1:35 a.m. Monday. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he later died.
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Why aren’t Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and the New Black Panthers (NBP) in Chicago going after these Hispanics that are killing so many people? Why aren’t the NBP in the streets of Chicago seeking justice for so many innocent people shot and killed?
It’s tough to care for your fellow mankind when you are blinded by a racial political agenda.