Girl, 17, among those killed over violent Father’s Day weekend in Chicago

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CHICAGO -- A 17-year-old girl was among those who were fatally shot over the violent Father's Day weekend in Chicago.

Tiara Viramontes died of a gunshot wound to the head, the Cook County Medical Examiner confirms.

According to a GoFundMe page set up to raise money for funeral expenses, Tiara was a Marine Leadership Academy Student, and played basketball and softball.

"Tiara was very full of life and if you ever met her you wouldn't forget her," the page said.

Tiara was fatally shot just before 5 a.m. Sunday in the 3500 block of West Huron. A 30-year-old man was also shot in the upper right leg and taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition. So far, no one in custody.

At least 10 people died from violence over the weekend, and 50 others were shot and injured.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the city reached its 300th homicide early Monday morning.

Two fifteen year old boys were shot at 55th and Shields.  One was shot in the head, the other in the leg.

16-year-old Melinda Russel was also shot in the leg in the 5200 block of west Chicago.  She’ll be a senior in high school this year.

With CPS ending their school year for the summer on Tuesday, concerns are rising about the city’s murder rate.

“Our responsibility to our children does not end when the bell goes off, either at the end of the day or the end of the year,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.

Several groups and the city have come together in an effort to help kids stay safe this summer.

Steinmetz College Prep in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on the northwest side is partnering with elected officials and church leaders to close the streets for four hours.

“It’s a way to bring Belmont Cragin residents together for a safe and fun summer,” Steinmetz President Vanessa Valentin said.

With the organization Play Streets! and others,  kids are able to play basketball, jump rope, and hula hoops.  There will be a bounce house for the little kids.

It is just one neighborhood of many trying to keep their kids from becoming a casualty of Chicago’s violence.

There are similar summer programs in communities throughout Chicago over the next few months.

“We have a responsibility for our youth so glad to be a part of an organization that’s doing this type of work in this community,” Valentin said.

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