Two anti-gun campaigners shot dead in Chicago

Two mothers who worked with other parents to end gun violence have been shot dead in a drive-by shooting.

Chantell Grant, 26, and Andrea Stoudemire, 35, were part of Mothers Against Senseless Killings, a team of parents who “interrupt violence and crime, and teach children to grow up as friends rather than enemies”.

The pair were shot on a street corner where members of the group often stood watch, Chicago police say.

Authorities described a gunman firing shots from a blue SUV around 10pm on Friday. A 58-year-old man was also injured and suffered a graze wound.

Ms Grant leaves behind three children. Ms Stoudemire was a mother of two.

A GoFundMe page has been set up with the aim of gathering information about the person who killed the two women.

It has now raised more than double its original target of $5,000 (£4,100).

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“The murder of a woman brought us to our corner on 75th & Stewart so there’s no way we’re going to let the murder of more moms drive us away,” MASK founder Tamar Manasseh said in fundraiser’s description.

A vigil has been held by the organisers of the anti-violence group that the mothers were a part of.
Image: A vigil has been held by the organisers of the anti-violence group that the mothers were a part of

“I don’t know if I’m more afraid for my life or what we are giving the children, our block and the entire community over to if our fear convinces us to leave our corner, abandon our mission, our school, and our people.

“Therefore, we aren’t going anywhere.”

“The irony of them being shot when they were out doing one of these vigils is, personally, very disturbing,” said Sally Bown, a spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department.

Ms Bown also confirmed that no suspects had been identified in the shooting, and it was unclear if the gunman had been aiming for the mothers or someone else in their group.

Source: SKY NEWS

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