Woman shot, killed after attending anti-violence charity event

A 32-year-old woman was shot and killed after returning from a charity event benefiting an anti-violence group.

Anti-violence activist Leonore Draper was shot while inside a parked vehicle at about 10:30 p.m. Friday in the 1300 block of West 116th street on Chicago’s South Side. Police say she was struck in the arm and chest

Draper, who lived in the same block where she was shot, was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn at 12:32 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

The victim’s friends tell WGN that earlier Friday evening, Draper was attending “A Charitable Confection” benefitting Project Orange Tree, the anti-violence group started after the death of Hadiya Pendelton last year.

“She had just gotten home from the event, where we were trying to raise awareness about this violence,” the victim’s friend, Jocelyn Delk Adam said.

In fact, Adam and Draper were both working on anti-violence programs.

“I just don’t know. I feel like I just kind of empty at this point, and wondering if all the work we put in last night was in vain,” Adam said. “What was even the purpose?”

Outside of Rainbow PUSH headquarters Saturday, Rev. Jesse Jackson hugged Adam and spoke about this most recent shooting.

“It’s bad enough when there are these gun shootouts, but when it’s random, killing with bullets flying through the air, it compounds the pain. But it does indicate that no one is safe,” Jackson said.

“I think every life is valuable and because she was trying to make a difference and because she was my friend I can’t let this go. I’m not going to let this go,” Adam said.

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