CHICAGO – Neighbors in Logan Square are mourning the shooting death of a 10-year-old girl who was killed over a violent weekend in Chicago.
A girl identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner as Lena Nunez was inside of her home in Logan Square when she was shot in the head.
“The family is heartbroken,” victim’s advocate Andrew Holmes said. “This is just a repeat of last week.”
Just before 10 p.m. Saturday night, a stray bullet came through the window of an apartment on the 3400 block of Dickens Avenue and struck Nunez in the head.
Police are still investigating, but they believe two groups of men were shooting at each other in the street when it happened.
Just a couple hours later, yet another young girl was shot inside a home on the 6600 block of South Wood around midnight.
Police say a bullet came in through a window and grazed the 8-year-old’s head while she was sitting on the couch. Luckily, she is in fair condition at Comer Children’s Hospital.
At a small vigil Sunday night, activist Raul Montes Jr. called for the federal government to step in.
“When you see a toddler getting killed, a 10 year old, it’s an outrage,” Montes, Jr said. “We need immediate attention. We need Congress, the president to intervene now because the police can’t handle this by themselves.”
While there’s no magic fix, some say the community needs to get more involved. In April, Mayor Lori Lightfoot gave $7.5 million to local nonprofits working to reduce violence in certain neighborhoods.
But speaking up after kids are killed would require trust.
“One of the things Chicago can do right now that will help is if we can get this homicide clearance rate reduced, but that’s almost impossible because we don’t have a witness protection program that people take seriously,” Rev. Ira Acree said.
According to an investigation by the Chicago Sun-Times in 2019, 152 murder cases were closed without police ever making an arrest.
“The biggest deterrent for a potential killer pulling the trigger is the fear of getting caught,” Acree said.
While there is a $2,000 reward being offered for information on any suspects on behalf of Nunez’s family, the money might not be enough for people to come forward.
“It’s just me, myself and I,” Acree said. “Self-preservation.”
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