Mothers of Chicago murder victims demand answers

- On Saturday, the families of Chicago murder victims gathered in front of police headquarters wanting to know why some crimes remain unsolved.

This year, the city has seen has least 361 murder victims, that number climbing over the weekend.
    
Demanding police tackle homicide cases with renewed vigor, a group of mostly mothers of city murder victims met outside police headquarters.

Three weeks ago Chicago saw its most violent weekends of the year, leaving nearly 70 people shot and a dozen dead during a single weekend in August.

In the weeks since, police have made two arrests, charging Rick Franklin in a non-fatal shooting and another woman in another, according to a police spokesman.

Police have also obtained three arrest warrants, according to the spokesman.

According to the University of Chicago, one of every 20 shootings are expected to solved.

In homicides, in consecutive years, one in five cases have been solved.
 
“We’re the ones that are living the life sentence for those we have lost,” said Julia Garcia. “Seeing these moms behind me breaks my heart knowing that I have a son that I have to fear the streets.”

Neftali Reyes Jr. was killed while driving in West Town in December.
 
 “I stand to be the voice for my son, Reyes Jr., as well as the rest of these young kids that were taken," said Annette Flores.

The group is not only asking police to solve each of their cases, but to hire better detectives and fix a broken system.
    
They're hoping to meet with police brass later this week.


“We’re the ones that are living the life sentence for those we have lost,” said Julia Garcia. “seeing these moms behind me breaks my heart knowing that i have a son that i have to fear the streets.”

Neftali Reyes Jr. was killed while driving in west town in December.
 
 “I stand to be the voice for my son Reyes Jr. as well as the rest of these young kids that were taken, said Anette Flores.

The group not only is asking police to solve each of their cases, but to hire better detectives and fix a broken system.
    
They're hoping to meet with police brass later this week.

 

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