Officials in Chicago say that 64 people were shot, 13 fatally, in separate incidents across the city over the recent weekend.
Among those who were killed was Terrance Malden, 15, who was shot and killed at around 5 p.m. on July 10 on the South Side, becoming the first victim of the weekend, police told the Chicago Sun-Times and other news outlets.
His family says they’re upset by the lack of outrage over the teen’s death.
“I’m sick of it. I’m tired of it. We talk about Black Lives Matter, but I’m sick and tired of what’s going on in these streets,” said Erikka Gordon, Malden’s aunt, according to local station ABC7.
Over the Independence Day weekend, 79 people were shot, leaving 15 dead, authorities said. During the same weekend in 2019, 32 people were shot and nine were killed.
The most recent fatal shooting occurred early on July 13 in Park Manor on the South Side. Shamari K. Smith, 27, was shot and killed by someone in a vehicle as he was on the street. About an hour before that, a 26-year-old male was shot and killed in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side, police said.
At about 11:30 p.m. on July 12, a 14-year-old boy and a 17-year-old male were in a vehicle with a 20-year-old man in the West Englewood neighborhood, when a silver SUV approached their vehicle and opened fire, police told the Chicago Tribune. The two teens were taken into the hospital in good condition, while the 20-year-old was killed.
Meanwhile, a 15-year-old girl was shot on the West Side at around midnight on July 12 as she and a 29-year-old man were standing on the sidewalk in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, police told the Tribune. The girl was struck in the calf, knee, and shoulder, and the man was hit in the calf; both were hospitalized in good condition, officials said.
Good Kids Mad City, a local activist group, organized a “love march” following the recent violence plaguing the city, which has claimed the lives of several children.
“There’s not enough graduations, weddings, baby showers,” march organizer Nita Tennyson, 22, told CBS Chicago. “It’s funerals and urns. That’s all I’ve been to in the past four years. And I ended up losing one of my friends this weekend. And I wanted to do the march because it’s enough.”