The latest number signifying how bad Chicago’s violence has become is a small one: 7.
That’s how old Heaven Sutton was when she died Wednesday night of a gunshot to the back. She was selling candy at a stand in front of her house when someone down the street opened fire. A stray bullet struck her as she ran to the safety of her home.
“She loved to sing, dance and crack jokes. And she always smiled,” her mother, Ashake Banks, told ABC News. Banks had opened the stand to keep a closer watch on and protect children in her violent neighborhood on Chicago’s west side. “There was already shooting in the neighborhood,” she said. “So I figured that if I set up a big tent and a candy store, it would keep the kids in the middle of the block instead of going down to the [corners] where all the activity was.”