Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

16-year old Chicago girl shot and killed

Shakaki Asphy, age 16, on the right.
A 16-year old girl, Shakaki Asphy, was sitting on her porch in Chicago with a friend, 18-year old Leon Cunningham, when a someone ran by and opened fire on them.  Shakaki was shot three times in the chest and was killed.  Leon was hit and wounded.  He was already in a wheelchair after having been paralyzed a few years ago due to gunfire.

The shooting took place in Chicago's dangerous Englewood district.

These were two of the 5 people killed and 26 injured in yet another deadly weekend in Chicago.

From an article:
At about 7 p.m. Saturday, the Harper High School student was on the porch of a home in the 2000 block of West 70th Place with friends. Someone in a gray hoodie ran through a gangway and opened fire, killing Shakaki and wounding Leon Cunningham, 18.
Goolsby said her niece loved basketball and played on a team at Harper. She would have been a junior in the fall.
“It’s so tragic,” Goolsby said. “She was such a nice young lady, and not a bad student. It’s too much to take.”
Police said they believe the shooting may have stemmed from a conflict among rival factions of the Gangster Disciples street gang.
But people on the block where the shooting happened said they believe it was a case of mistaken identity. Earlier in the day, there was gunfire at a nearby gas station at the corner of Damen and 71st and the shooter may have been seeking revenge, one resident said.
“Whatever caused this, it’s gotta stop,” he said.
Citywide, murder is up about 35 percent so far this year.

Another article suggests that Cunningham is age 21, and is a gang member.  It says that Shakaki is not affiliated with a gang.

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