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Chicago Moms Who Fought Gun Violence Are Killed

Chantel Grant and Andrea Stoudemire were murdered Friday night
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2019 2:48 PM CDT
A memorial stands at 75th Street and Stewart Avenue in Chicago, where two women were slain in a drive-by shooting Friday night.   (John Alexander/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
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(Newser) – By the Chicago Sun-Times' tally, 48 people were shot over the weekend in Chicago. Eight of them didn't survive. Chantel Grant and Andrea Stoudemire were among them. The young mothers were advocates against gun violence and belonged to Mothers/Men Against Senseless Killings (MASK). The Sun-Times reports MASK volunteers often occupy the corner of 75th Street and Stewart Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood—ABC News describes it as a corner "they had been working to reclaim from gun violence." On Friday night a blue SUV approached the corner. Someone inside fired shots, possibly directed toward a man who was with the group, NBC News reports.

Grant and Stoudemire, ages 26 and 36, respectively, suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Police say they have no suspects in what they describe as the "senseless" killings. Per ABC News, Grant leaves behind three children; Stoudemire leaves four. "The irony of them being shot when they were out doing one of these vigils is, personally, very disturbing," says a rep for the Chicago Police Department. A GoFundMe campaign set up by MASK to raise money for a reward for information leading to the killer or killers has raised nearly $10,000. (She was a domestic violence advocate—and was, police say, murdered by her ex.)

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