Teacher killed, several others wounded in separate shootings across Chicago

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Several people were wounded, some fatally, in various shootings across the city’s West and South Sides.

One of those killed was a 58-year-old woman, the sister of a Chicago police officer and teacher.

Dr. Betty Howard was a beloved special education teacher who worked part-time as a real estate agent in Chatham. She was inside the real estate when a stray bullet tore through the wall, taking her life.

At the 58-year-old’s school, Brooks College Prep, students, parents and staff are devastated by her death. She was absolutely adored there and to lose her this way, by mis-directed gunfire from gang members, has hit those who knew her extremely hard– particularly her brother, we’re being told.

He’s a chicago police officer. Those her worked with her say Betty Howard always went out of her way to guide her students.

D’Andre Weaver, Principal, Brooks College Prep: “She was a true professional and was committed to the work of educating kids.. No matter what challenge they had.”

“We truly miss her- we love her and we’re really thinking about her family at this time.”

Dorothy Robinson, Brooks College Prep parent: “Doctor Howard was just a beautiful person. My son has Autism and they welcome him into the Gwendolyn Brooks community. It’s a beautiful school, a beautiful program and she was a beautiful person.”

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis issued a statement reading in part:

“Our fallen sister brings to mind the loss that we all feel for every child and adult who lives in the city and is a victim of deadly violence. The seemingly random nature of this incident makes it all the more painful, and highlights the attention that must be given to neighborhoods where people face these tragedies on a daily basis.”

Friday night, there was a police roll call and a neighborhood rally for peace under the banner ‘unite or die.’

It’s grief so profound, it’s painful to watch. at the scene of last night’s fatal shooting, relatives of Betty Howard are overcome.

Melzenia Long, cousin: “She was just an overall good human being that did not deserve to have her life taken away from her like that.”

Friday night, there was a police roll call and a neighborhood rally for peace under the banner ‘unite or die.’

Cong. Bobby Rush (D) 1st district: “This is not a police problem, this is a state problem, this is a city problem, this is a national problem. My office is one block west of here.”

In a seperate shooting, a 51-year-old man was killed and another man injured in the Fuller Park neighborhood on the South Side, according to family and officials.

The shooting happened at about 6:30 p.m. on the 4200 block of South Princeton Avenue, according to fire department and police officials.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene from wounds to his head and chest. A 32-year-old man was shot in the chest and was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County where his condition had stabilized, said Chicago Fire Department Chief Joseph Roccasalva and police.

Not even 20 yards from a busy stretch of West 43rd Street, police had covered a body with a tarp, an open hand still visible. Nearby, evidence markers sat outside a pool of blood.



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  • kirby14

    How many gang killings – not the intended target deaths have to happen in Chicago? People doing their jobs, walking down the street, shopping – – normal people things – – and they get killed. And I'm SURE someone knows WHO these killers are – – – and they are quiet…Very sad and very scary.

  • voiceoftruth19

    Holy crap!!! there was a gun related incident in a town that has strick gun laws. Sure glad criminals follow the law

  • Rahm keep blaming everything except your leadership

    Feeling sad for all the victims and people who walk and live in Chicago. Somebody, anybody make a call and call superman because the mayors not up to the task.

  • ᙓᔕᙅO

    Yet the major news networks are more concerned with some lonely kid that snaps in Cali. and what his roommates thought of him. It's disheartening Chicago's gang problem is mainly ignored by the big news networks week after week. = (

    • Mike Payne

      WHY SHOULD the big networks be bothered Esco?

      I am a 65yo Black man — in California (and elsewhere) folks are LINED UP to give ALL the infomation they can to the Police.

      HERE in Chicago's Black Communities — "NO SNITCH" holds power over any crime situation.

      DID THE BLACK COMMUNITY turn in this Teacher's Killers yet? ( N O T )

      WHEN the Killers are caught (and they will be) it will because of CPD investigation — .With NO HELP from the so-called "Community" — WHY should the "Big Networks" waste their time covering this kind of garbage?

  • Ismael

    All I have to say is thank God I don't live in Chicago and rarely go there. I said before in my town there was one death last year due to domestic violence. I don't say what town it is because I don't want Chicagoans coming over, then our neighborhood will be like Chicago. Oh I love the peace and quiet.

  • Eduardo

    Three of the most dangerous places I’ve ever been is Chicago, Isreal and Mexico, Nice places to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there. Native Chicagoan born and raised. Stop senseless killing ppl would like to grow up.

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