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

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 10:  Police investigate the scene where five people were shot in a drive-by shooting on June 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. One of the five, Eighteen-year-old April McDaniel died at the hospital from her wounds.The five were among at least 12 people reported to have been shot today in Chicago.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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

At least 25 people were wounded and two were killed this past weekend in Chicago.

Published June 16, 2014

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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Written by Natelege Whaley


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