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Chicago Mother Has Lost Four Children To Gun Violence

By Samantha Abernethy in News on Jan 28, 2013 11:20PM

A Chicago mother lost her son to gun violence on Monday when 34-year-old Ronnie Chambers was shot and killed while leaving a party early Sunday morning.

She wasn't the only one to lose a child to violence. Nine people were killed by violence in Chicago last weekend. But Ronnie was the fourth, and last, of Shirley Chambers' children to be killed by gun violence.

In 1995, her 18-year-old son Carlos was shot and killed on a sidewalk in South Loop. In 2000, her 23-year-old son Jerome was shot and killed outside of a Cabrini-Green building. Also in 2000, also near Cabrini-Green, a 13-year-old boy shot and killed her 15-year-old daughter LaToya.

Ronnie was sitting in a parked van in North Lawndale when someone opened fire, hitting him in the head. Chambers says her son Ronnie was involved in the Chicago rap scene as the manager for rapper YK, aka Yung Killa, and he was shot while leaving a "listening party" for YK .The Sun-Times writes:

“I really started to worry about Ronnie when he got involved with this rapper, because I saw what happened on TV with that rapper on the South Side getting killed,” said Shirley Chambers, 54, referring to the September shooting death of rapper Joseph ‘Lil JoJo’ Coleman.

Ronnie Chambers and YK were featured on The Ricki Lake Show last month, and Chambers talked about the deaths of his siblings and how he wants to save YK from Chicago's dangerous street life.