Chicago Gun Violence: 2 People Killed, 27 Shot Father's Day Weekend

A 17-year-old boy was killed at midnight Sunday.

Posted: 06/16/2014 10:55 AM EDT
Chicago Gun Violence: 2 People Killed, 27 Shot Father's Day Weekend

Father's Day weekend in Chicago ended with two people killed and 27 wounded by gun violence. Among the victims was Brandon Peterson, a 17-year-old boy who was shot in the head while standing in a group. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Dewey Knox, 27, was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting right after midnight on Friday. Bullets struck him in the back and he was pronounced dead when he was transported to a nearby medical facility. 

Others wounded in shootings over the weekend were as young as 16 years old and as old as 38 years old.

Pressure continues to fall on Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel to alleviate gun violence in Chicago. On Friday, he announced the launch of "Hadiya's Promise" by the parents of Hadiya Pendleton, according to the Chicago Tribune.  The organization will lobby for tougher gun control laws on a national scale.

Pendleton was shot and killed near President Obama's home in the Windy City in 2013.

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