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When My Son Was Killed

This is the story Bertha Purnell told me: When my son Maurice was killed, I went a little bit crazy. It started when I got the call and rushed to where he’d been shot, on Laramie Avenue in my neighborhood, Austin. Everything was like a blur and later I remembered I...

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Mothers On A Mission

It was what they call an “Angelversary” – the day Maurice Purnell became an angel, the date he was killed, June 24th. Just six weeks earlier there had been another, that one in honor of Trevon Jeffries, shot down on May 12th. Yet another came six weeks before that,...

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Burying Our Young

Leak & Sons Funeral Home doesn’t need the extra business; plenty of people die, you can count on that. But on Chicago’s South Side, they’re dying much too often – and much too soon. Homicide adds to the bottom line, but those are profits owner Spencer Leak Sr....

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Friends of the Children

Friends of the Children stresses “the power of one” – one person, that is, who can rescue a kid from violence. “Our model is distinct, courageous and proven,” the organization’s website states. It is based on studies that show a caring, consistent adult is the one...

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Healing Hurt People

It’s not what a typical medical student thinks of when they choose pediatrics as their field. But it’s now part of Dr. Bradley Stolbach’s career in children’s health care: gunshot wounds. Also stabbings and blunt force trauma inflicted by bricks, baseball bats and...

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GoodKids MadCity

When a horrific school shooting in 2018 left 17 dead in affluent Parkland, Florida, nationwide headlines screamed and students received counseling and therapy dogs. When violent death hits students in Chicago’s poorer, high-crime neighborhoods, “we just get harsher...

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