Saturday, August 25, 2007

2 More Chicago Public Students Shot

Another story that could've been titled "what happened here". The only mystery here is why. From Channel 2...
Patrice Brown was an enthusiastic young woman of deep faith, but instead of planning her future, her mother and grandmother are now planning her funeral – she was 17-years-old.

“My daughter was a senior at Fenger Christian High School, we were talking about her going away to college,” said Brown’s mother Patricia Brown.

Investigators say Brown and her best friend 18-year-old Taniya Ross were walking near 101st and State Streets in the Roseland neighborhood at around 10:30 p.m. Friday when they walked past two young men. Moments later, the paramedics say they reported feeling the sting of bullets and realized they had been shot – Brown in the neck and Ross in the arm.
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Brown is at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where doctors say she is brain dead.

Taniya Ross is expected to recover, relatives say she was lucky. The bullet that struck her traveled from her arm to her lung causing it to collapse.
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Area 2 investigators say the young women didn’t have any kind of exchange with the two gunmen and did not even know them. The families say violence in the far south side neighborhood is an epidemic and they want that to change.
While not outside of the range of possibility, it's hard for me to believe that these girls were shot by two young men for no logical reason. Especially if there were no "words" exchanged between the young men and women. And especially if these ladies didn't know these guys. I hope there's an update.

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