Wilteeah Jones: Pregnant Woman Shot 5 Times in Chicago
Wilteeah Jones, a young pregnant woman in her 20s, was eager to move to Kentucky. But her mother was adamant that she stay in Chicago for the baby's birth.
"I was selfish in my own ways to have her up her with me because ... I wanted to experience my first grandchild," Valerie Weaver told the Chicago Tribune.
Wilteeah and her boyfriend attended a birthday party Wednesday, February 22, 2017, in the Auburn Gresham section of Chicago. Later that night, they would be found dead, felled by gunshots.
"Whoever done it ... I hope that you rot in hell," Wilteeah's mom said in a camera interview addressed to the killers.
Across Chicago in one day this week, seven people were killed and six wounded, the deadliest rampage in the country this year.
Among those dead, Wilteeah Jones, a pregnant woman in her 20s. She suffered gunshot wounds to the abdomen and side, five bullet holes total. It appears she was gunned down on the sidewalk.
Two houses away lay a man police identified as Wilteeah's boyfriend, and a gang associate. He was slumped behind the wheel of a car, with fatal bullets in his body. Both of them were rushed to Stronger Hospital.
The medical staff tried to save the baby as well. None of them survived.
Wilteeah's mother told local media that her unborn granddaughter was going to be named Mileah.
"It hurts so bad because I never got a chance to meet Mileah. You know, for somebody to do a horrific crime like that they have no morals, principles about themselves. But I know that God gonna handle them. I know He's gonna handle them. I know He is," Weaver was quoted as saying.
The shootings followed several other shootings in the days before hat. The incidents have caught the attention of President Donald Trump, who rhetorically asked on Twitter "what is going on?"
Seven people shot and killed yesterday in Chicago. What is going on there - totally out of control. Chicago needs help!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2017
Ninety-two people have been fatally shot in Chicago since New Year's Day. Almost 400 have been wounded.
"If it was Ebola, HIV, the flu, there would be resources to address the issue, Keith Harris, Englewood Political Task Force, told the Chicago Tribune.
For Chicago, it's another life lost, another funeral. For those of us keeping count, it's another #BlackGirlTragic.