Mom Preparing Mother’s Day Dinner Loses a Son to Gun Violence for 2nd Time

A mother in Chicago, who was preparing to celebrate Mother’s Day with her family, lost a son to gun violence for the second time.

The Chicago Police Department told Newsweek Sunday that 26-year-old Brandon Slater was fatally shot on Saturday outside his mother’s house by an unknown person in the city’s West Pullman community. He was reportedly picking up a cake for a family gathering for Mother’s Day celebrations before he was killed, according to police.

“We were just planning our Mother’s Day dinner that I was cooking for everybody like I always do, and I just left him,” Slater’s mother, Diane Archer, said according to NBC Chicago. “He was trying to do good. He had a son.”

Mom loses son to gun violence
A mother in Chicago, who was preparing to celebrate Mother’s Day with her family, lost a son to gun violence for the second time.
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Chicago police said that the shooting happened in the 11600 block of South Lowe Avenue around 2:45 p.m., when the shooter exited a vehicle near the area and shot Slater multiple times, killing him at the scene.

The suspect also shot two other people, including 64-year-old Larry Purnell, who died from gunshot wounds at Advocate Christ Medical Center, according to police. Slater’s 27-year-old friend was struck in the leg, but was initiallyreported to be in good condition at the hospital.

The Chicago Police Department said that the no arrests were made as of Sunday afternoon, adding that an investigation is ongoing.

Purnell was mowing the lawn at Archer’s house in preparation for Mother’s Day, ABC 7 Chicago reported. Investigators said that he came out from the backyard after he heard the sound of gunfire when he was shot in the chest.

Meanwhile, Archer said that she lost another son, Sheridan Freeman, to gun violence in December, adding that her family, including her daughters, now have to live “without their two brothers.”

“I am so tired of this nonsense,” she said, according to ABC 7 Chicago. “Something has to be done. This doesn’t even make any sense.”

This past weekend in Chicago, police said at least 18 people have been shot, including four, who died.

Two teens were shot Saturday night in Hermosa in the city’s Northwest Side, while they were walking on a sidewalk, according to police, ABC 7 Chicago reported. One of the victims, an 18-year-old woman, who was struck in the leg, was transferred to Stroger Hospital. Meanwhile, the other victim, a 17-year-old boy, who was hit in the arm, was transferred to AMITA St. Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center. Police said that both are in fair condition.

Another gun violence victim was hit Friday night while he was sitting in his vehicle. Michael Conard, 37, was shot by someone who was in another vehicle that drove up near him. The man was transferred to the Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, according to NBC Chicago.

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