Drawing strength from her faith, Shirley Chambers listened to the word of god Sunday– as a special guest of Galewood Community Church UCC on the city’s West Side. Chambers lost all four of her children to gun violence. Her last surviving son, Ronnie Chambers was shot and killed last weekend.
Carolyn Champion, Executive Director of Mothers in Charge Chicago, knows the pain of losing a child all too well. Champion’s 21-year-old son Cortez Champion was one of three people shot to death in a South Side parking lot in November of 2011.
“I don’t want another mother to go through what I went through. The Chambers, the Pendleton’s, the list goes on. Something has got to change,” said Champion.
January of 2013 was the bloodiest January since 2002 with 42 homicides reported— 82% of that number were shooting victims.
Shirley Chambers plans to bury the last of her four children Monday. She hopes her loss with help prompt change.
“It’s ridiculous, it’s terrible. I feel really bad about the mother who lost her 15-year-old girl. My daughter was 15 too when she died, so I feel her pain. They need to stop talking about it and do something.”