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Chicago Woman Killed After Attending Anti-Violence Charity Event

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Leonore Draper was minutes away from entering her West Pullman home after an anti-violence charity event she attended Friday night when she was shot and killed.

Police found Draper, 32, shot in the chest and arm in a parked car near her home in the 11600 block of South Laflin Street in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side at about 10:35 p.m., about 30 minutes after the fundraiser she went to was over. She was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn at 12:32 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

“The irony behind her getting shot… is beyond me,” said Fallon Barrett, 33, who has been close friends with Draper since high school. “I feel like I’m in this really bad dream that I wanna wake up from.”

Police said Draper’s death was a result of a “possible drive-by shooting,” and as of Saturday no one was in custody in connection with the incident.

The fundraiser Draper attended and helped organize was called A Charitable Confection and was benefitting Project Orange Tree, an anti-violence campaign that started after the death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendelton last year.

“It’s really ironic,” said Christina Isherwood, who helped organize the charity event Draper attended. “She was a part of an anti-violence effort, and she becomes a victim of violence herself.”

Friends and family described Draper as a genuine, funny and “unfailingly loyal” person. Originally from Houston, Draper moved to Chicago more than 10 years ago and has been working as a budget analyst for the Chicago Public Schools, according to family members.

Yolanda Washington, 42, one of Draper’s two sisters, said Draper had been involved in community service since she was young. On Saturday, Draper was also supposed to attend another fundraiser, benefitting another cause — multiple sclerosis, a disease that affects her husband Jason Draper, she said.

“Our prayer is that the community will join us and pray that God will move in his own way to put an end to these senseless killings in Chicago,” Draper’s family said in a statement.

Khepra, a senior at King College Prep High School, called for more action to be taken to prevent violence in the city.

“Everyone deserves a proper lifetime,” she said. “This should never have to be anyone.”

Source: Chicago Tribune


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