CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Monica and Kenneth White lost their 22-year-old daughter to gun violence Thursday night and they are looking for answers.
Briona White and 20-year-old William Drake were fatally shot near 109th and Parnell in the Roseland neighborhood. Drake was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene. He lived a few blocks away in the 10900 block of South Lowe. Briona White was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she was later pronounced dead.
White's family and others just want justice. This weekend they are reminding the public that their loved one's cases have gone unsolved and that they need help.
"Please come forward that’s all we want and we will forgive you because you know why - our father forgives us," said Briona White's mother Monica.
Somebody knows something - at least that's what the parents of White are hoping. Her family says she was back home from school where she was studying to be a dentist.
"The sky was the limit for my baby, and I know that she's at peace and she's resting right now looking down on this to my little angel my angel," said White. "I want them to know and remember her for the compassionate heart that she had for people and lives."
Andrews Holmes, a Chicago crisis responder says the police department has too many unsolved murders and they need your help.
"We have to go back and look at the family member who know that their own family members have guns, have discharged a weapon and have killed a person and won't say anything," said Holmes.
Also this weekend, the families of 16-year-old Marshaun Taylor and 6-year-old Arianna Gibson are remembering their loved ones. Taylor was fatally shot while walking home from a block party and Gibson was asleep on a couch in the 7400 block of South Sangamon when someone came on the porch and fired shots through a window, injuring 2 people and killing Arianna.
Both were killed on the same day 4 years ago in separate incidents - both cases unsolved.
"It's enough for a family to have to deal with that, in general, but the fact that it's unsolved it more heartbreaking," says Asiaha Butler, president of RAGE, The Resident Association of Greater Englewood.
At a "So Fresh Saturdays" event in Englewood residents hope community events like these shine some light for families and communities dealing with violence.
"Events like this are a response to it because it shows we have value, it shows that we are not a community of death and murder and killings," said Eddy "Precise" Lamarre. "We are a community of love and we do things that show that we love each other."
White's parents say their daughter was days away from going back to school - hoping to escape the violence.
"She said 'Mom I gotta get out of here, I can't get out of here fast enough,' but fast enough didn't come," said White.
There is a $1,000 reward being offered in the case of Briona White and many other unsolved murder cases.
If you know anything you are asked to call 1-800-883-5587.