January 28th, 2013
11:23 PM ET

Mom loses fourth child to gun violence

CNN's Ted Rowlands talks to a mother who has lost all four of her children to gun violence in Chicago.

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Filed under: Chicago Killings • Gun Violence • Guns
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  1. James Palmore

    I can't imagine what this mother is going through. This mother's daughter was murdered by a 13 yr old girl!! This wasn't Gang violence. But gang violence or gun violence, however you want to put it, is an unacceptable aspect of American society that unfortunately has become a part of our fabric that is too intricately woven in. My question now is where is America's outrage to this tragic loss in ONE family? Do we only respond as a nation when the victoms are in neighborhoods where this "isn't" suppose to happen. Isn't it a national tragedy when over 500 African-American CHILDREN are murdered every year in one city alone. Multiply that by countless cities all over the nation and we have an epidemic on our hands that is tragically overlooked and unfortunately excused and accepted as a way of life in these urban areas.

    January 30, 2013 at 11:42 am |
  2. Miss.Melissa

    God Bless you Shirley! My heart & prayers are with you. I wish I had the perfect words to comfort you & give you Peace of mind. I am praying for you here in Pennsylvania♥xo

    January 29, 2013 at 6:42 pm |
  3. John R

    Deeply saddened to hear about your losses. I can't begin to imagine the pain this has caused you. Be Strong, God bless.

    January 29, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
  4. Rev Dr Felix Nwosu

    Now she is childless just because government lack of gun control law that was not in place she lost all her four children.is it not madness of wickedness that reign's in the land?my question is what were they people government doing if truly care about the lives of American.just government of talk talk no action.do something before the bad ones finishing killing the cool good children in the land.


    January 29, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
    • jandaswanson

      Government lack of gun control? Really, are we so dense as to completely overlook the lack of gang control? As sad as it is to hear of a mother losing all of her children, to anything, for any reason, how can you rest the blame on the gun and not on the decision to join a gang and participate in gang related activities? Did child number 2, 3, and 4 really think it was going to turn out differently? Lack of gun control please! Lack of ambition, education, simple knowledge of right and wrong certainly, but gun control, I don't think so.

      January 29, 2013 at 9:20 pm |
    • David A. Beyer

      Chicago passed laws making essentially all guns illegal during the times these tragedies occurred. These murders did not result from permissive gun laws.

      January 29, 2013 at 9:58 pm |
    • Robert

      This is NOT the governments fault!!!! It is the societies and the communities fault. Chicago already had the toughest guns laws and it had NO affect on the issue. People need to wake up and take responsibility.

      God bless you. I hope you find the strength to carry on.

      January 30, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
  5. Jacob

    "Mom loses fourth child to gun violence" Gun violence, I think not! This is GANG violence not gun violence.

    January 29, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
    • ann

      get rid of the guns, and it'll eventually get rid of the gang violence...as you can see this was all gun violence...so really the answer is to get rid of guns...you don't have to be a genius to see that...

      January 29, 2013 at 9:41 pm |
  6. Marilyn Tbeur

    This is so very sad....a mother losing all of her children to gun violence! I have never in my life recall hearing of anything like this....after the second or third death, did she ever think of moving out of her area? I know violence happens everywhere, but this is way too much for this family! I pray she tries to stay strong, and call on Our Heavenly Father......this is heart breaking!

    January 29, 2013 at 12:03 am |