Vigil held for women shot and killed in Back of the Yards

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CHICAGO --  As police continue to search for the gunman who shot five people in the Back of the Yards neighborhood Monday night, community members gathered to honor the victims.

The family and community members gathered tonight to pray for peace and plead for information.

They joined hands to pray for a family ripped apart by gun violence.

Lolita Wells, was shot and killed along with her pregnant daughter, Patricia Chew.   Chew's 11-month-old son  Princeton was injured.  Patricia Chew leaves behind two sons. Princeton is out of the hospital. His first birthday is tomorrow. His older brother's 5th birthday is Sunday.

The family wants the community to speak up with information. There's a  $5,000 reward for information leading to the gunman.

Patricia and her mother will be laid to rest next week.

Meanwhile, this weekend,  a group of mothers will be patrolling the neighborhood to stop violence.

It worked in Englewood. And now MASK - Mothers and Men Against Senseless Killings-- is headed to the Back of the Yards this weekend.

Tamar Manasseh will march her army of moms to 53rd St  between May and Aberdeen both Saturday and Sunday, from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

They plan to flood the area with grills, lawn chairs and love in hopes of replicating the success they had this summer preventing retaliation after a fatal shooting in Englewood.

“There is no such thing as us and them,” Manasseh, who founded MASK, said.  “We have to engage them like family, not the enemy.”

 

Funeral arrangements:

Visitation - Tuesday, 5-8 p.m.

Leak & Sons Funeral Home

7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

Visitation - Wednesday, 11 a.m.

Funeral at noon

Lights of Zion Ministries

11636 S. Halsted St.