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Video: Chicago mother loses fourth and last son to gun violence

By JohnThomas Didymus     Jan 28, 2013 in Lifestyle
Chicago - Gun violence in Chicago on Saturday claimed several lives, including the life of a 34-year-old man Ronnie Chambers. Chambers' mother Shirley says Ronnie was her youngest son and the fourth child she has lost to gun violence in Chicago.
AP reports that Chambers was shot in the head while sitting in a parked car in the city's West Side. The Atlanta Black Star reports a 21-year-old man riding in the car with him was wounded in the shooting.
The shooting occurred at about 2:15 a.m. in Lawndale.
The Black Star reports the victim Ronnie Chambers, was a convicted felon believed to be a member of the Gangsters Disciples street gang. NBC reports Chambers had been arrested 29 times on drug and weapons-related charges. Before his death, he appeared on a talk show Rikki, where he said he was considering a change of lifestyle, The Black Star reports.
WLS-TV reports Shirley Chambers, who was grieving on Saturday, said she lost two other sons and a daughter in separate attacks more than ten years ago. She said: "Right now, I'm totally lost because Ronnie was my only surviving son."
Shirley said her first son Carlos, was shot and killed in 1995 by a fellow Jones Metropolitan High School student after an argument when he was only 18.
She lost her daughter LaToya, then 15, and her son Jerome, then 23, in separate incidents within months in 2000, both in the Cabrini-Green area, The Black Star reports.
The mother lamented: "What did I do wrong? I was there for them. We didn't have everything we wanted but we had what we needed." The mother said in spite of her grievous loss, she was not angry or bitter. She said: "They took my only child. I have nobody right now. That's my only baby."
AP reports police said that within hours after Ronnie Chambers was shot, a masked gunman opened fire on three men near a South Side hamburger stand. He killed two and wounded the third, police said.
Police also said that later in the day, 32-year-old Dimitri Buford and 16-year-old Antonio Fenner were shot in the head in West Garfield Park.
There have been no arrests.
According to AP, Chicago's homicide count passed 500 last year for the first time since 2008. The rate averaged about 900 in the 1990s.
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