CHICAGO -- A Chicago man was shot and killed on the South Side early Wednesday making him the third member of a family who was a victim of the city’s gun violence.
Just before 2 a.m. Wednesday, 31-year-old Brion Barlow was shot multiple times in the 2400 block of East 72nd Street, where he was pronounced dead outside of Kennedy Fish and Chicken.
WGN News spoke with the father of three last summer, when he was grieving for his uncle, 52-year-old Christion Barlow. He was shot while running errands in Bronzeville.
"All of the street violence, it's not holding us together. It's tearing us apart." Brion said at the time.
In 2014, Brion Barlow's father was shot in the head in Uptown. He survived. Brion was one of at least 775 people shot in the city of Chicago so far this year, the most in the first three months of a year in this decade.
"I've been shot, stabbed, jumped, robbed," said South Shore resident Kevin Reed.
Kevin lives in South Shore near the scene of this morning's murder.
"The young men need jobs. They're growing up without mothers and fathers, uncles and aunts,” he said.
The city's shooting total is 84 percent higher than that number at the end of March, 2015.
"If you teach your child to be a young respectful person, they'll know. When they get older, there wouldn't be violence because there would be love, structure and understanding," South Shore resident Viola Palmer.
While this year's gun violence statistics fall below those of the early 1990s, residents say they are unacceptable. Solving this, they say, takes more than policing.
"They need to get a program for the kids. If they've got something to keep them busy, they won't be in the street out here trying to find something to do,” said resident Robert Taylor.
South Siders say they are doing everything they know how.
"The only thing we can do is pray. Prayer is the only thing that can make a change." Robert Taylor said.