63 Shot, 12 Dead in Chicago This Weekend, Mayor Says She Has ‘Great Concerns’ About Federal Help To Quell Violence
With dozens of people shot and 12 killed, the city of Chicago saw another violent weekend — the totals included a mother’s third and last-living child, after the first two fell victim to Chicago violence in years previous.
Nine of those shot this past weekend were juveniles.
It is a staggering statistic, with 41 different shooting incidents occurring between 6 p.m. Friday and midnight Sunday. WGN reported that since Jan. 1, 203 children — 17 and under — have been shot in Chicago, with 35 of those children killed.
Patricia Pearson lost her third child this weekend, as reported by the Sun Times — her 12-year-old daughter was injured in a 1995 shooting and later died in a car accident, her 26-year-old son was killed in a 1999 shooting, and her last child, Venyon Fluckers, a father of three, was murdered this weekend.
“My heart is heavy. He was my last baby,” said Pearson, 67, to the Sun Times who hasn’t seen justice in her other children’s shootings. “This time I want to know what happened. And I’m trusting and believing and hoping police will do their job and find out.”
Despite the gruesome violence tearing apart Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is spending her time fretting over President Donald Trump’s proposal to send in federal help to ease the violence.
Instead of accepting the much needed help, the mayor said she has “great concerns” with regard to federal agents.
“We don’t need federal agents without any insignia taking people off the street and holding them I think unlawfully,” Lightfoot said to NBC5. “That’s not what we mean.”
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown felt differently about the federal assistance.
“We will take any and all help and we’ve made numerous requests for titularly in our efforts to address the mid level and upper level criminal networks, drug and gang networks and we have great relationships with our local federal partners and we hope to continue that to address some of the things that are happening,” Supt. David Brown said at a Monday press conference, adding that he doesn’t “do politics.”