[Ed. – Business as usual in Chicagoland.]
Over a steamy Memorial Day weekend, six people have been shot to death and at least 24 others were wounded as the pace of gun violence is set to surpass last year’s holiday in Chicago.
Among those fatally shot was 17-year-old China Lyons-Upshaw, who was killed in an apparent accident in a Kenwood home, police said. A witness told police the teenager and a man were playing with a gun around 9 p.m. Saturday when it fell to the ground and fired, hitting China in the chest. The man initially ran from the scene in the 800 block of east 49th Street, but community activist Holmes worked with family and friends, and convinced the suspect to speak with the authorities.
“I went and talked with him, and encouraged him, don’t turn the other way and run – just go at it, put this behind you and explain to the state’s attorney and the detective what exactly happened,” Holmes said. “You can’t run from this.”
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Holmes said he is calling on other suspects to do the same thing during a violent Memorial Day weekend.