Boy, 7, killed during violent July 4 celebrations in Chicago

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CHICAGO  — A 7-year-old boy who was celebrating the Fourth of July with his family was among three people who were shot and killed overnight in Chicago.

Police say 7-year-old Amari Brown was shot after someone opened fire just before midnight Saturday in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. He was pronounced dead early Sunday at Stroger Hospital. Relatives say the boy had been celebrating with family when he was shot.

"I don't know how me and my family are going to go on," said the boy's mother, Amber Hailey. "My baby was everything to this house."

The second grader at Erickson Elementary was in the front yard along with at least 20 other children after a fireworks show when gunshots hit him in the chest.

The boy's father, who would not speak with WGN Sunday morning, is a documented gang member who police said was the intended target.

A 26-year-old man was also fatally shot in the Albany Park neighborhood and a 26-year-old man was gunned down in the South Shore neighborhood.

Police say two men also were killed after dawn Sunday when somebody fired on their SUV, which sped away and crashed. The 25-year-old driver died of gunshot wounds and 31-year-old passenger died of gunshot wounds or the crash.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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17 comments

  • Realist

    Just think dad, if you had a REAL job your son might still be alive……and mom…..you lay down with the dogs, you get fleas…you chose this life for your children by being with the person you are with, all because you are too lazy to get a job yourself………hears to the lazy life…….RIP

    • Ramlybe

      it can be some cold hearted people in this world.You are one of them! She didn’t choose for her child to die. It is a shame we live in the world we do, people with jobs kids also die did you know that? May next time before you make such dumb uneducated statements at least spell correctly.t would be “here is to a lazy life.” The word hears implies you using your ears.

      • sand67

        Sorry but realist is right. This boys dad is a ranking gang member with 45 previous arrests!!!!! He also won’t cooperate with police. That bullet that killed his son was meant for him!! What kind of father is this? What kind of person is he? Amaris mom is upset as she should be but SHE chose to get involved with a gang member!!! As a woman/ mother why would you have a relationship with a loser like him? Nothing good or positive can come from being involved with criminals. If his son dying instead of him doesn’t make him straighten out his life then nothing will. Shame on these two for bringing a child into this world under these circumstances.

    • Taye

      That comment you made was very stupid! That could’ve happened to anyone. How do you not know if she has a job or not? Obviously he was taking care of his child cause if he wasn’t, then the child would not been with him . My mom worked and still working every day of her life and I’m now 22 the only child and my dad was a crop and drug lord but he keep a great job that’s way more than minimum wages. So like I said that could’ve happened to anyone it was just wrong place wrong time

  • LJR

    Good going tough guy, hope thug life is all the glory, success and fame you hoped it would be!
    Domestic terrorists.

  • sand67

    Why would a woman who is this upset over losing her child procreate with a known gang banger with a rap sheet that includes 45 arrests?? She’s just as guilty as he is in some ways. Find a decent, law abiding partner and chances are your child will live to a ripe old age.

  • Blake

    Are You people serious??? No matter the circumstances a inoccent child was shot down, regardless of Who his Parents Are. No parents wants to outlive their child. How you can condemn this women for parenting a child with a gang member, like it either of there faults the child was killed. No one told the gunman to shoot at a crowd of children or even pick up that gun. It was the gunman actions that led to this child death. If he really meant to murder Mr. Brown I’m sure he could of found any opportunity when he was solo to do it. My heart goes out to the Family and I pray that they find peace and happiness once again. As for Mr.Brown maybe this will be the wakeup call he needs to leave the gang behind, perhaps he realize the true dangers gang s are to innocent citizens. I hope, I pray..

  • SHAY

    ITS CRAZY HOW THE POLICE SO WORRIED ABOUT THIS PARENT BACK GROUND AND NOT FOCUS ON FINDING THAT 7 YEAR OLD KILLER, AND HOW DO THEY KNOW THE FATHER WAS THE TARGET? IF THAT’S THE CASE THEY WOULD KNOW WHO KILLED THE INNOCENT CHILD. THE WORLD SO MESSED UP I WONDER IF ITS WAS A WHITE CHILD WITH A WHITE FATHER WOULD THINGS WOULD OF BEEN SAID DIFFERENT……

  • memaw

    A good mother and father would have put their 7 yr old to bed at a decent hour, say 9:00 pm at the latest…Lack of parenting, lack of sound judgement in partner choice, poor life choices in general. Hope they realize now that all choices have consequences.

  • Darlene Rodriguez

    my thoughts and prayers are with the family, especially his mother s of my own I don’t know what I would do if something happened to any of them. as for everyone say he should have been inside and sleep its not poor parenting it was parents that where letting their child enjoy the holiday I did the same thing my kids didn’t go to bed until late so what, that doesn’t give the right to any scum bag to shoot a child weather his father was the target or not everyone is quick to judge. no one really knows the situation ya should assume things. I think something should be done enough is enough to many children are dying for no reason