The street war in Chicago–or “Chiraq”–isn’t limiting its casualties to participants of the gunplay. A 32-year-old activist by the name of Leonore Draper was shot and killed minutes after returning from an anti-violence fundraiser where she was a key figure denouncing the same malice that did her in.
Police found Draper, 32, shot in the chest and arm in a parked car near her home in the 11600 block of South Laflin Street in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side at about 10:35 p.m., about 30 minutes after the fundraiser she went to was over. She was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn at 12:32 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.
Draper was one of four people who were killed in a wave of shootings on Chicago’s South, West and Southwest sides starting Friday afternoon, according to authorities; 26 other people suffered gunshot wounds. Among those killed were a 17-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man. An 86-year-old man was also killed in a neighborhood dispute involving an off-duty police officer Friday afternoon that police say began when the man opened fire on the officer’s wife.
Police said Draper’s death was a result of a “possible drive-by shooting,” and as of Saturday no one was in custody in connection with the incident.
The fundraiser Draper attended and helped organize was called A Charitable Confection and was benefitting Project Orange Tree, an anti-violence campaign that started after the death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendelton last year.
Friends close to Draper couldn’t express their sadness over the irony of the situation enough. “It’s really ironic,” said Christina Isherwood, a fellow charity organizer of the event. “She was a part of an anti-violence effort, and she becomes a victim of violence herself.” Fallon Barrett, a longtime high school friend felt the exact same way. “The irony behind her getting shot… is beyond me,” she said. “I feel like I’m in this really bad dream that I wanna wake up from.”
Gunland is definitely a real issue and it needs to be dealt with stat.
Photo: Lenore Draper/Facebook