Two women who spent their time encouraging peace on the streets of Chicago were caught in the line of fire during a driveby and were fatally shot.
The two women, Chantel Grant, 25, and Andrea Stoudemire, 35, were involved with a group called Mothers Against Senseless Killings. They were on a South Side Chicago block where moms regularly gather to help fight gun violence. According to the police, they don’t believe the two mothers were the intended targets.
Grant had four children and Stoudemire had three children.
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Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said, the gunfire was intended for a man who is affiliated with a Chicago street gang and recently got out of prison.
“The deaths of in the Englewood neighborhood served as a grim reminder of the kind of violence that led them to participate in neighborhood activities organized by Mothers Against Senseless Killings. The anti-violence group launched five years ago following the shooting death of another young mother at the same corner,” CBS News reported.
Mothers Against Senseless Killings started when mothers began “occupying” the corner, offering food and counseling for youth in an attempt to curb violence in the community.
“That’s why we’re out here seven days a week…trying to create a safe place where people can learn to be neighbors and not kill each other,” said the group’s founder, Tamar Manasseh.
According to Manasseh, the two women had been on the “corner for hours handing out food to other mothers and keeping watch over a vacant lot the group has turned into a play area for neighborhood children. She said Grant and Stoudemire had finished up for the day and had begun walking to a store to get food for themselves and their children when they were shot,” CBS News reported.
Mothers Against Senseless Killings started a GoFundMe campaign aiming to raise $5,000 for a reward for information in the case. Within two days, it had raised more than $16,000.
“The murder of a woman brought us to our corner on 75th & Stewart so there’s no way we’re going to let the murder of more moms drive us away,” the fundraising page stated. “We deserve to live without fear and the young women, Chantel Grant and Andrea Stoudemire who were torn from their children families tonight, deserve justice.”