Mother shot dead at memorial to son who died days earlier in Chicago

Delisa Tucker was moments away from her son’s memorial on Wednesday morning when she was fatally shot.

She had lost 14-year-old Kevin Tinker to gun violence the Sunday before, and friends said she was tending his memorial when she was shot.

“While she was lighting candles for her son, her life was taken,” Michelle Tharpe, a family friend, wrote on the GoFundMe page set up to help pay for the family’s funeral expenses. “This world is so cold.”

Police responded to a ShotSpotter warning around 12:15 a.m. and found Tucker, 31, lying on a sidewalk 200 block from West 110th Place. She was transported to Roseland Hospital and pronounced dead, according to officials.

They reported that they did not find anyone nearby who saw the shooting, and no one has been taken into custody for that attack or the one on her son.

On Sunday, according to the police, her son was shot several times in the exact same location and pronounced dead on the spot.

“He was a quiet kid,” Tharpe wrote on the GoFundMe page. “Rest well Lil Kevin.”

CPD said the investigation into both shootings is ongoing. Chicago police declined to comment on the connection between the shootings, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Tucker leaves behind five other children, according to Tharpe.

According to CPD crime data, the number of shootings has risen in Chicago this year. As of November 8, there were 3,105 incidents in 2021, a 10% increase from 2020 and a 66% increase from 2019.


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