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Chicago Mom Shot And Killed At Memorial On Site Where Son Was Shot And Killed
One Chicago family faced two unspeakable tragedies just before Thanksgiving this year.
A Chicago community is reeling after a son and his mother were killed just days apart on the same exact spot.
Delisa Tucker, 31, was shot at around midnight on Wednesday in Chicago's Roseland neighborhood, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Police officers responding to a ShotSpotter alert about gunfire found her lying unresponsive on the sidewalk at 12:15 a.m. CT. She had a gunshot wound to the chest, was taken to Roseland Hospital and pronounced dead, according to ABC News.
Friends say she was there to light candles at the makeshift memorial for her 14-year-old son, Kevin Tinker, who was shot at the same spot around 5:00 p.m. the prior Sunday and pronounced dead at the scene, Chicago CBS affiliate WBBM reported.
Pastor Donovan Price spoke to the Sun-Times about the family's sad history. Tucker's daughter, India Tinker, was shot in the same neighborhood in 2016 at the age of six during an unrelated drive-by shooting, according to Chicago ABC affiliate WLS-TV. The woman identified by WLS as India's aunt at that time, Katara Channell, was charged in the 2019 murder of Tucker's brother, Kevin Tucker, according to the Chicago Tribune. Police say the two had an on-again, off-again relationship for a decade, but she killed him after she discovered he'd come into some money that he wouldn't share with her. (Channell is still being held without bond awaiting trial, according to Cook County records.)
"It’s just sad that this whole family, basically, to be killed over time,” Price told the Sun-Times. “I’m devastated.”
"You try to help people so that maybe their lives change," Price added. "I become part of the family of the people I help."
Price also told the paper that, while consoling Tucker on Sunday at the makeshift memorial after the death of her son, she asked of God, "Why did you have to take Kevin? You should have taken me."
He received the text on Wednesday morning that Tucker had been killed on the spot where she asked that rhetorical question.
The police have not confirmed if the two shootings are connected and don't reportedly have anyone in custody, according to the NY Post.