On Friday night, 11-year-old Shamiya Adams was prepping s'mores at a sleepover party at her friend's apartment in Chicago when, as the girls were about to put the s'mores in the microwave, a stray bullet flew across a vacant lot, through an open window, then through a wall, and finally struck her in the head, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. She became the first of four people killed (and dozens more shot) over the weekend in Chicago, and the 33rd child victim of homicide in the city so far this year.
“When you go in [a] personal home and you are killed in [a] house, how damnable can that be?” a reverend said at service for Shamiya yesterday. "That’s a bad indictment … There’s something wrong. It’s something systemic." The other dead, according to NBC Chicago, include a 24-year-old man shot in the chest in a bar early yesterday, a 21-year-old man shot in a drive-by near a block party Saturday night, and a 30-year-old man found shot dead in a car Saturday. At least 18 people were shot in just over 12 hours overnight yesterday. (More than twice as many people were shot, and four times as many killed, in Chicago over the July 4 weekend.)