BRIEF: Pastor, grieving mother launch support group
Feb 03, 2013 (Chicago Tribune - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A Chicago mother who has lost her four children to gun violence attended a worship service in her honor on Sunday at the Galewood Community Church on the West Side.
During the hour-long service, members took up a special collection for Shirley Chambers, whose son Ronnie died last month. Police said a gunman or gunmen opened fire on a van in the 1100 block of South Mozart Street, and Ronnie was inside.
Chambers' son Carlos was 18 when he was shot and killed just after Thanksgiving 1995 at Jackson Boulevard and State Street. Her daughter LaToya, 15, was fatally shot in the lobby of a Cabrini-Green high-rise in 2000, and her son Jerome, 23, was killed while standing at a pay phone in the 400 block of West Chicago Avenue. LaToya and Jerome were shot only three months apart.
On Sunday, the Rev. Tasha Brown, pastor of Galewood Community Church at 1776 N. Narragansett Ave., also announced a new organization to fight gun violence. The Chicago chapter of Mothers in Charge formed just weeks ago, she said.
"I'm just praying that something good (will) come out of this and I can help other mothers," Chambers said.
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