Chicago Murder Epidemic

Man Speaks Truth to Residents at Murder Scene in Back of the Yards

On Wednesday two men were killed and at least eight other people were wounded in shootings across the city.

A man was shot to death Wednesday evening in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on Chicago’s south side.

The 39-year-old was shot in the right torso at 7:23 p.m. in the 4300 block of South Paulina.

He was taken to University of Illinois Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:02 p.m. The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not released his name.

A man who was clearly respected in the community made an impassioned plea to residents at the edge of a murder scene Wednesday night in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. What he said had a lot of truth to it.

The man’s speech to residents

“It’s not going to stop by killing each other, it’s not going to stop by building more prisons, it’s not going to stop, by locking everybody up and throwing away the key”.

“Its gonna stop till we start getting to their heart, getting them to understand, that their thinking is wrong, that their motives and direction is wrong that their doing what they think is right, not understanding their wrong”.

“But if we could bring enlightenment and bring understanding bring love and bring peace to come against hatred and violence then we will be able to make a change and make a difference, in this community”.

“The cops are not the bad guys the politicians are not the bad guys, the bad guys are, it’s the spiritual influence behind what’s taking place, you know what I mean”.

“You get a man young man that grows up in poverty and his brother has been murdered and his father’s been murdered and sisters on drugs and the police are always are always cruising he’s going to have a mindset and a outlook that he’s going to think your my enemy, this ones my enemy, that one’s my enemy, but that’s not the truth”.

Article? Video by Vic Maggio
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Grim Milestone 600th Homicide Reached in Chicago

Today the city of Chicago reached a grizzly milestone, the 600 hundredth homicide was recorded in Chicago today, and still we have 3 more months left to go.

On Saturday October 15th at around 10:40 p.m. a 25-year-old man was shot in the stomach, the shooter ambushed him while he was standing in a hallway of one of the project buildings in 1000 block of West 14th Street in the University Village/Little Italy neighborhood. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition.

On Saturday October 15th at around 2:10 a.m., a man walked up to a 32-year-old man in the 200 block of North Kedzie Avenue and shot him on the right side. His condition was stabilized at Stroger Hospital. The shooting was one of three shootings that happened in the East Garfield Park neighborhood within an hour.

With 600 dead and 3464 wounded so far this year, I must ask when will this insanity end?

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Why graphic video of murdered Chicago girl was taken down from internet

Naome Zuber, was shot and killed late Friday night sitting in the back of a car on her way to a birthday party. The bullet shattered the back window and struck Naome Zuber in the back of the head. It has been reported that a man standing on the corner fired the shot that killed Naome.

Maggio News covered this horrific scene from beginning to end. I watched in horror as the young girl was taken from the car and her lifeless body was set on a flat gurney. The paramedics tried for over five minutes to resuscitate the young girl in the middle of the poorly lit street at the corner at 47th and Honore.

This young girl deserved much better than to die the violent death she did, lying on the cold asphalt surrounded by strangers on that dark street in Chicago.

This violent scene of this young girl dying on the street hit me harder than any of the other shootings I had ever covered over the years. I lost my 7-year-old granddaughter suddenly and tragically on October 2nd 2013. Naome Zubers death happened one day before the three-year anniversary of my granddaughter’s death. This event set in motion a change in how the video would be shown to the public.

Just before I left the shooting scene I found out she was only 17 years old. At that moment I felt sick and decided to go home. When I got home I sat looking at my camera, as a picked it up I started to stare into the lens that has covered so much death in Chicago this year. I could see the reflection of myself in the lens, I had to ask the face in the camera lens a question? Are you going to continue to just stand by and watch or are you going to do something to try and stop this nightmare?

I decided to present this young girls tragic death in a graphic nature for the eyes of the public to see. No more would I shield the eyes of the public from the real visual horror connected to shootings like this one.

The video was put together and added was an emotional plea for people to rise up and demand a stop to this madness. I thought I was doing the right thing until a person left a comment stating displeasure with me posting such a graphic video of the young girl’s death. She also stated in the comment “her family and friends don’t need to see her lifeless body with a gunshot through her head blasted all over the Internet”. “PLEASE remove this video”. This one comment prompted me to remove the video.

I thought the graphic nature of the video would anger the public in the same way it did me.

I don’t want this girl to have died in vain and I don’t want this girl to be forgotten when the next shooting of a young person happens. What I do want is to gain the permission of the parents to use the graphic video to put pressure on our leaders to use the tools at their disposal to stop this before any more innocent kids are killed and anymore families are destroyed due to the senseless violence.

I know no other way too effect the change that needs to come from the death of this young girl and many others like her that have perished on the Bloody Streets of Chicago.

Transcript of the Graphic video of the death of Naome

WARNING VERY GRAPHIC Just before 12:30 a.m. in the 4500 block of South Wood Street in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, a 17-year-old girl was shot in the back of the head riding in the back seat of the vehicle. The vehicle came to stop 3 blocks down the road at 47th and Honore. The teen was shot by an unknown man who was standing on the sidewalk then began shooting at the vehicle. The young girl was listed in critical condition at Holy Cross Hospital. The young male driver was in tears the guy couldn’t even talk he just kept pacing up and down the sidewalk he seemed to be in a state of shock from the horrifying incident.

I wonder if the coward that shot this young lady has any idea what he could have possibly taken from her family and society as whole. Did the shooter ever think about the consequences before putting his finger on the trigger and firing the shots? You I am directly talking to you the shooter; this act was a cowardly one to say the least you will pay in the end because karma dictates it. If this young girl dies we will never know how she might have contributed to society, would she have been a mother, teacher, singer a nurse or an even artist if she dies we will never know because of your actions, now will we?

When will the people of Chicago have enough of this insanity and when will the people rise up and demand and end to this mass violence? When will they put pressure on our political leaders to use the tools at their disposal. When will the Mayor and the political leadership allow the Chicago Police to fight this war without one hand tied behind their backs, Ha. These cowardly politicians are more worried about the rights of these criminals than their victims. Forcing the police to stand by as clean up men and watch this nightmare unfold only does one thing destroys moral throughout the entire Police force. Unleash the police and give them tools they desperately need like stop and frisk legislation, let them fight this unconventional war with unconventional tactics. Mr. Mayor take these liberal restrictive ineffective policing policies and shelve them and start acting like there really is a big problem on the streets of Chicago before it gets to the point of no return, like Detroit.

Comments that prompted the removal of graphic Video

Please remove the video of Naome Zuber, 17 year old shot in head October 1 in back of the yards. She was dead on arrival to hospital- and was dead in the scene you’ve so publicly posted. I appreciate your attempt to cast light on the violence in Chicago and the dire political situation- however, this is a child- someone’s daughter, sister, friend. Her mother was not allowed to see the body at the hospital and funeral is to be closed casket- and she would absolutely die to see her MINOR aged daughter’s last image portrayed in a video of her resuscitation attempt. Her family and friends don’t need to see her lifeless body with a gunshot through her head blasted all over the Internet. PLEASE remove this video- or at last edit to blur the images of her face. If this was your daughter, your sister, you would certainly request the same.

Her family will merely get an injunction to remove it, but why would you put them through anything more than what they’ve already been through?? Human decency should kick in now and I beg you to remove this. Your righteous cause has to have some limits, and thus should be one of them. Please remove this. If you’re planning on including this in your documentary, you stand to profit from it and that’s just wrong-

Link to go fundme page for Naome Zuber
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