Friends seek toys for children who lost mother to violence

Community members have started collecting toys for the son of a murder victim.

- Community members have started collecting toys for the son of a murder victim.

Ka’vion Stevens turned 5-years-old Wednesday, that was also the same day his mother Africa Bass, 23-years-old, was shot and killed in front of their apartment.

The shooting happened near 87th and South Burley on the city’s South Side. The family moved into the apartment Wednesday afternoon and when Bass went to the store around midnight she was gunned down.

Police say no one is in custody for the murder.

Now Ja’Mal Green, a community activist, is calling on the public to help this family and the 5-year-old birthday boy.

“When you hear about what they are going through as a family and I see the look on her mother’s face and how she feels that her daughter died after she saved her from a fire three days ago this is just a story that speaks to my heart,” said Green about organizing a toy drive.

Ka'vion and his 2-year-old sister Kiyah are staying with their grandmother who's overwhelmed by the loss of her daughter and the love and support from the community. 

You can help this family by donating toys or other items, dropping them off at St. Sabina Resource Center, 7825 A. Racine Ave.

Funeral services for Bass are set for next Friday.

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