The woman's brother was fatally shot two years back and nearly lost her daughter to another gun violence incident. Then she saw lost her teenage son in a shooting incident days before her own death.
A Chicago mother, grieving the loss of her teenage son, was fatally shot at nearly the same spot her son was murdered at just days before.
The mother named Delisa Tucker had lost her son, Kevin Tinker, to gun violence on Sunday, November 21. Kevin was shot multiple times down the street from the family's home in Roseland. The young boy tragically lost his life at the age of 14, forcing his mother to lose another loved one to gun violence.
On the following Wednesday after Kevin's death, Delisa was just a few steps away from Kevin's memorial when she was fatally shot in the 200 block of West 110th Place.
"While she was lighting candles for her son, her life was taken. This world is so cold," wrote Michelle Tharpe, a family friend, on the GoFundMe page set up to help raise funds for the family, according to ABC News.
Around 12:15 am, the police responded to a ShotSpotter alert and found Delisa lying on a sidewalk near her son's memorial. The 31-year-old mother was taken to the Roseland Hospital, where she was eventually pronounced dead.
Police have not revealed whether the same attacker is responsible for the murders of both the son and the mother. Officials also said they did not spot anyone on the block that witnessed the shooting unfold.
No suspect has been taken into custody for either of the tragic shootings.
Delisa's death now leaves five other children without their beloved mother. The family has had to deal with the heartbreak of gun violence on other occasions in the past as well. About two years ago, Delisa lost her brother after he was fatally shot, and she nearly lost her 6-year-old daughter to a gun violence incident a few years before that, according to Chicago Sun-Times.
“It’s just sad that this whole family, basically, to be killed over time,” said Pastor Donovan Price. The pastor said he was right beside Delisa on Sunday at a vigil she took part in after Kevin was shot dead.
Chicago shooting: Police release video in Roseland murder of Kevin Tinker, 14, days before mother, Delisa Tucker, killed - ABC7 Chicago Let’s round the these killers up. Before Monday! https://t.co/jIiYJVN9WK— Chicago public trust (@TrustChicago) November 26, 2021
Price remembers how devastated Delisa was to have lost her teenage son in such a terrible way.
"Why did you have to take Kevin? You should have taken me," Price recalled the mother screaming at the vigil.
Price also spoke about how a few years back, Delisa had to watch her daughter, who was 6 years old back then, recover from a wound she suffered in a gun violence incident. After consoling Delisa back then, Price said the mother had to see another one of her children, Kevin, be shot not far away from home. And this time, the child did not survive.
“You try to help people so that maybe their lives change,” Price said. “I become part of the family of the people I help.”
Delisa and her son are now part of a long list of victims that have lost their lives due to gun violence, which is a rampant problem that Chicago now faces. In 2021, the deadly neighborhood of Roseland alone saw 26 shooting deaths so far.
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