Mother who lost all children: “They took all of my babies to gun violence”

No one understands the impact of the gun violence plaguing the city of Chicago better than a local woman who has lost all four of her children in fatal shootings.

“Four, no more. They took all of my babies to gun violence,” said Shirley Chambers. “I don’t understand it.”

Her son Ronnie Chambers, 34, was fatally shot in the head early Saturday while sitting in a van in the 1100 block of S. Mozart Street on Chicago’s west side. She lost her son Carlos, 18, in 1995. She lost her daughter LaToya, 15, in 2000, and her son Jerome, 23, was shot and killed a few months later.

It was a violent weekend in Chicago with at least 7 people killed in shootings on Saturday alone. For the third week in a row, police held a press conference on Monday to show off confiscated weapons and push for tighter gun laws. Police say they have seized 574 firearms, so far this year.

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85 comments

    • BlakkVoice

      Did you ask about lifestyle because he was black? Come on. Be honest. I doubt that anyone involved in Aurora, Sandy Hook, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Lone Star, etc. were living a certain "lifestyle." Stop with the latent racism and just admit you don't like black people and every chance you get you probably take a stab at them don't you? Don't you? Awww come on you know you do you dastardly devil! John likes boys…

  • bobhamiltonchicago

    Her last baby, Ronnie, had been arrested 29 times by the Chicago Police Department and had 4 convictions for felonies. If she had gotten them out of the ghetto maybe some of her children would still be alive.

    • sharong4

      it doesn't matter if you live in the Ghetto or not, whatever life you choose to live is what counts. There are plenty of children that live in the Ghetto and are doing very well for themselves. They had a choice and the choice was to make something better of themselves.

      • BlakkVoice

        White people take their guns and go and kill EVERYONE OTHER THAN THE PERSON THAT MADE THEM FEEL THAT WAY. Ok you wanna be racist then let's be racist. You people are MONSTERS and have historically ALWAYS BEEN MONSTERS! There are some good ones among you WHICH ARE A RARE BREED because you people are JUST BORN AND BRED TO GO AND COMMIT MASS MURDERS OR DRINK POISONOUS KOOL AID ON A CLIFF OR SNIFF GLUE OR INHALE THE FUMES FROM AN AEROSOL CAN. It's WHITE PEOPLE who are the MAJORITY of WELFARE RECIPIENTS BLACKS ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LIST! Yall even get more WELFARE THAN THE LATINOS YOU ALSO HATE SO MUCH! Oh no WHITE FOLK stop KILLING OUR KIDS! STOP IT! Ugh…racists make me sick…

    • KAY

      GHETTO OR NOT NOBODY DESERVES TO DIE. ESPECIALLY TO BE SHOT DEAD. I WONDER HOW YOU WOULD FEEL IF THIS WAS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. IM GOING TO PRAY FOR U AND UR CORRUPTED ASS MIND.

    • BlakkVoice

      What the fukk does gettin out of the ghetto have to do with anything? Like I said in my comment fukktard: COLUMBINE, SANDY HOOK, VIRGINIA TECH, LONE STAR, AURORA, WAS NOT IN THE GHETTO! The ghetto does NOT DETERMINE where you WILL BE SHOT in this country! It doesn't matter WHAT a person does while they are here that DOES NOT MEAN THEY DESERVE TO DIE! People like you need to be eliminated…because your type of thinking corrupts future generations…and then we will never have justice and equality. STFU you B***H.

  • DALEY MAFIA BOSS

    DEAR MOTHER OF LOST GANG MEMBERS,

    DID YOU FORGET THAT WE LAW ABIDING CHICAGOAN HAVE FOLLOWED THE
    1982 HANDGUN BAN . Your gangbangs dont give a damn about your PATHETIC NO GUN LAW .DID YOU FORGET that only Aldermen and POLICE are the only ones allowed to protect themseve in chicago?? DID YOU FORGET THAT MOTHER???PROPAGANDA MACHINE. YOU LOST YOUR SONS BECAUSE THEY ENGAGED IN G.D AND VICELORDS BullCRAP. YOU LOST THEM BECAUSE THEY ENGAGED IN COCAINE AND METH AND CRACK, THE PEOPLE THAT KILLED YOUR SONS DONT CARE ABOUT YOUR ANTI GUN RHETORIC. "THE 2ND AMENDMENT WILL NOT BE NEEDED,UNTIL THEY TRY TO TAKE IT" THOMAS JEFFERSON 3RD PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES ,AUTHOR OF THE CONSTITUTION AND DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE FROM GREAT BRITIAN

    • Dan

      Bingo. Sorry lady that lost 4 children due to you being lazy and not taking yor family out of that situation. Hmmm…westside, gangs, 4 of your children dead…even Jesse won't be showing up to support you on this one.

    • TRA

      WOW DEAR IDIOT ALL HER KIDS WERE NOT GANG MEMBERS READ THE FACTS 15 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER KILLED IN CROSS FIRE OLDEST SON KILLED DOWNTOWN CHICAGO COMING FROM SCHOOL

    • KAY

      QUESTION HOW DO U KNOW HER LIFE STORY. CAUSE I SEE NOWHERE IT STATES G.D, VICELORDS, CRACK, AND COCAINE. LIKE DAMN DID I MISS SOMETHING. BUT REGUARDLESS OF THE SITUATION, WALK A DAY IN HER SHOES THAN MAYBE U CAN JUDGE. AINT NOBODY GOD. YOU DONT HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY IF SHE MOVED OUT THE GHETTO, MAYBE HER CHILDREN WOULD BE ALIVE. I WONDER IF SOMEONE SHOT YOUR KIDS DOWN, WHAT WOULD YOU BE SAYING THAN. IF U DONT HAVE ANYTHING POSTITVE TO SAY THAN DONT SAY ANYTHING AT ALL. DIDNT YOUR MAMA TEACH YOU THAT. IM PRAYING FOR THE MOTHER, BUT ALSO PRAYING FOR YOU RETARD REJECTS.

    • TINA

      SOME OF YOU, namely (DALEY MAFIA BOSS) NEED TO RE-READ THE ARTICLE. NO WHERE DOES IT STATE THAT HER SONS/DAUGHTER WERE GANG BANGERS. HOPEFULLY, NOTHING LIKE THIS OCCURS IN YOUR LIFE OR LIVES OF YOUR FAMILIES.

      AND TO DALEY MAFIA BOSS – ARE YOU EVEN OLD ENOUGH TO HAVE AN INTELLIGENT OPINION. BY YOUR NAME ALONE YOU SOUND MORE LIKE A GANG BANGER and A VICE LORD, THEN HER CHILDREN. YOU EVEN COME UP WITH A NAME FOR THE GANG. WHERE DID YOU GET THE NAME VICE LORDS FROM, THE MOVIE WEST SIDE STORY. YOU SOUND AND WRITE LIKE YOU ARE ENGAGED IN THE USE OF COCAIN, METH AND CRACK, TO NAME A FEW. YOU REALLY SHOWED YOUR IGNORANCE.

  • jenni david

    If you think Grace`s story is impossible…, a month back my brother in-law also earned $9191 sitting there a fifteen hour week from their apartment and there friend's sister-in-law`s neighbour has done this for six months and got paid over $9191 part time from their mac. the instructions available at this link……… BIT40.ℂOM

  • Tom

    I do feel sorry for the mother in this sorry,but really 4 kids taken by gun violence… She said he was turning life around maybe so but to little to late…

  • Tim R

    I don't mean to sound rude, but their lifestyle finally bit them in the AXX, Pay back is a B**ch!! Well that's what happens when someone chooses to not follow the laws!! Honestly I have no sympathy for the mother!! See I work in Lake, cook and Du page county as private investigator, its so hard to get a gun permit to allow myself personal protection in cook county, I'm doing my job and these criminals have gone after me, for what, they id the wrongful act!! I just can't wait for CC to be passed!! I'm Prior service Army and I have no problem defending myself or anyone else that is in danger due to a criminal that is disturbing the peace!!

    • TRA

      ALL HER KIDS DIDNT HAVE BAD LIFE STYLES SORRY U WRONG AND DONT KNOW 1 OF HER KIDS WAS A 15 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER WHO GOT CAUGHT IN CROSS FIRE HER OLDEST SON GOT KILLED DOWNTOWN ON STATE STREET COMING FROM SCHOOL KNOW THE FACTS

  • Broken Heart

    Sorry 4 your lost i lost a son to the street in '98' we raise our kids the best we can but at a some point and time the go there own way.My heart still ache,As a mom who lost a son to the street i feel your pain u r a strong woman.

    • Amber

      Yours is the most respectful comment on here. I can imagine maybe she didn't have a choice in taking her kids out of that environment, and as you said, they go their own way. It doesn't make her heart hurt any less to lose her children.

      • sandra

        There is always a choice. A choice towards education, towards law-abidingness, towards jobs. There are choices not to buy yourself TV's and fancy phones and anything other than the basic necessities until you have found a safe place to live. This mother chose this.

  • Caligula

    Too bad, too sad. Maybe if you people down there would take a bit more initiative in being parents instead of being animals, you wouldn't be sobbing now.

  • guest

    Hold the "City Of Chicago" "An any other city " responsible for the murders an – unending innocent blood spillage of its citizens, then you will get results! If there were 500+ chicago police officers, judges, aldermen, firemen, and senators, etc ..etc….. dying per year, change would occur A.S.A.P.

    • Caligula

      Oh I guarantee if this was taking place on the northside or along the gold coast… the mayor and other officials would be soiling themselves to take care of the problem a.s.a.p.

  • carla

    i've read the comments posted. i disagree and agree with some. but has anyone really read the whole story. first son got shot in head coming from highschoool downtown chicago during rush hour. daughter shot by 13 yr by accident in the project hallways. the other son was near his home which was the carbini greens. the last son was killed while sitting the car. who cares if he has 29 felonies. no one has ever thought the maybe he has lost his mind all three of the sibling dead shot in the head. then you talking about you live north and there no animals and up there i don't think there no kids being raised north either being that the rent is high but please believe that the gangbangers and drug dealers and whatever you call them will find there way to the northside crime is happening everywhere just have to be careful and pray all that negative feed back one you of your family could easily be the next victim think about it doesnt matter where you live the young man got killed on the westside but lived on the southside don't be quick to judge could be you

  • MS ?

    MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE THIS MOTHER AND EVERY OTHER MOTHER WHO LOST A CHILD OR CHILDREN TO ALL THIS MADNESS. I DON'T CARE THAT SHE DIDN'T MOVE. PEOPLE ACT LIKE YOU CAN'T GET KILLED IN A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD. PEOPLE ARE BEING KILLED IN SCHOOLS, CHURCHES, AT HOME IN THE WORK PLACE DEATH DO NOT CARE WHERE YOU ARE. I FEEL IF YOU JUST NEED TO SHOT SOMEONE LET THE GOVERNMENT GIVE YOU A PLANE TICKET ACROSS THE WATER SO YOU WILL HAVE A REASON TO SHOT IT'S CALLED WAR YOU WANT TO DEFEND YOUR CORNER NOW YOU YOU CAN HELP DEFEND YOUR COUNTRY. WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO.

    • KAY

      READ THE STORY AGAIN. ONLY ONE CHILD HAD THAT LIFE STYLE NOT ALL OF THEM. I WONDER HOW MANY LIVES U HAVE EFFECTED WITH YOUR IGNORANCE.

  • TRA

    I THINK ALOT OF THESE COMMENTS ARE FROM PEOPLE WHO DONT KNOW THE ENTIRE STORY EVERYTHING TO THEM IS AN ASSUMPTION HER OLDEST SON WAS A VERY BRIGHT YOUNG MAN ABOUT TO GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND WAS GOING TO ATTEND COLLEGE WAS SHOT COMING FROM SCHOOL DOWNTOWN CHICAGO HER F15 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER WAS CAUGHT IN BETWEEN TO PEOPLE FIGHTING AND WAS SHOT AND KILLED IT WAS AN ACCIDENT BEFORE YOU COMMENT U SHOULD KNOW THE ENTIRE STORY AND NOT LISTEN TO THE MEDIA SHE WAS A GREAT MOTHER WHO RAISED HER KIDS RIGHT VERY STRONG AND SPIRITUAL WOMAN

  • guest

    Read up on John B. Calhoun and his experiments with unchecked extremely dense populations and some interesting similarities can be drawn to our fellow humans who live in our abhorrent inner cities. Its sad.

  • Sierrah

    pray comfort and peace to this mother. I don’t know why I’m amazed at the ignorant comments made on this situation. You know nothing about the death of this woman’s children. You know nothing about this woman’s life style. Where are you getting your facts, the news? Well we all know how fair and impartial news agency are towards minorities. What we have here is a lot of undercover racist. Be proud of who your are and your bigotry. Don’t use this situation to sprew your hatred, grow a backbone and some gonads and state your convictions. Did you look at their skin color and decide they must have been gangbangers, lazy, animals (classic racist comment, not even original)?

    So you know she lives in the ghetto? Great people have come out of the ghetto by the way. So tell me were the victims of the Colorado movie theatre shooting lazy, animals, living in the ghetto? What about the victims of Columbine, Virginia Tech or those precious babies in Newtown. Was they victims becuase of their life style, their parent’s, their zip code, what? STOP THE IGNORANCE! If you can’t resist, then at least go to one of the white power/stormfront websites and sprew it there.

    • BlakkVoice

      So all of this woman's children were thugs? How do you know that? I guess the little 15 year old girl was a thug too? STFU you insensitive prick. You love making your prejudiced comments on here don't you because of the anonymity it provides. How about you go into that ghetto you loathe so much and do one of two things: Tell everyone how you REALLY feel so you can be beat to death OR do something TO CHANGE it! Until then…STFU and stick your thumb up your A**

  • ANGIE

    I AM SURE THERE IS MORE TO THE STORY THAN WHAT WE ARE HEARING. YES IT IS VERY SAD SHE LOST ALL HER CHILDREN TO GUN VIOLENCE. YOU DON'T BLAME THE GUNS, YOU BLAME THE PEOPLE WHO SHOULD NOT HAVE THEM. NOT EVERYONE PLAYS BY THE RULES.

  • appaled

    Whether her children were gang bangers, drug addicts or whatever…they were her children. Some of you people are so cold hearted, but you have to remember, karma does exist, your child or children could very well be next. So does that mean that your child/children were gang bangers, drug addicts, etc.?

    • BlakkVoice

      Guess that means Adam Lanza was the biggest dope dealing, gangbanging, drug addict ever known and those children were little crack smokin "pimps" and "ho's" so they deserved to die. People really do need to stop with their prejudiced comments. They really do. Thank you for your sensible comment appaled.

      • Trey

        No, Adam Lanza was an mentally disturbed person who had access to his mother's guns. He killed those babies for his own reasons of which we'll never know. We need to get rid of all guns, everywhere, not just in the country towns, but in the cities too. We need to take care of all of our citizens. We need more gun laws that will be enforced. We need more mental health centers, assistance with child raising problems that parents can turn to for help. We need compassion and we need to help each other and stop being so mean.

  • Tired of the Morons

    Should have had more brains and moved you and the little thugs out. That's 4 idiots i won't have to support in prison.

  • Jessi

    Wow! Its one thing to have an opinion, but to slaughter this mourning mother?!?!? really? YOu do not know her or her story, so until you have walked in her shoes, dont judge her, speaking as a mother myself. I by no means condone the violence, but let this mother grieve…..

  • normalguyroger

    very sad story but it looks like her kids "gangbang" lifestyles did them in. If losing one sibling doesn't make you change your lifestyle nothing will. Hard to feel sorry for dead gangbangers

  • Dannye

    At one child, "I'd say, "How horrible!" At two, I'd say, "That's incredible! How awful for that poor woman! At three, one has to wonder how her children were raised and who they associated with. Four children lost to violence….not a coincidence any longer.


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