2 Members Of Chicago Anti-Violence Mom Group Murdered In Drive-By

Two members of Mothers Against Senseless Killings were gunned down on a street corner they were trying to protect.

Chicago, IL – Two mothers who were members of a community peace organization were gunned down Friday night on a South Side Chicago corner they had been working to reclaim for the neighborhood.

The women who were murdered, 25-year-old Chantel Grant and 35-year-old Andrea Stoudemire, had spent two years working with Mothers Against Senseless Killings, a group of moms who organize safe spaces and events for children in the community, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

On Aug. 2, Grant and Stoudemire were hanging out at their usual spot in an effort to cub gun violence in the city, handing out food to mothers and children, CBS News reported.

From the corner of 75th Street and Stewart Avenue, they could oversee an empty lot their organization had converted into a children’s play area.

The women had chosen to occupy that specific corner also because its where three women were shot in 2015, prompting the creation of their group, according to KAKE.

It was also the location of the drive-by shooting of a 23-year-old woman in June, according to CBS News.

That victim survived multiple gunshot wounds, but Grant and Stoudemire would not be so lucky.

It was just before 10 p.m. on Friday night and the mothers had just finished their work and were headed to a nearby store to buy food for themselves, CBS News reported.

That was when a blue SUV pulled up to the corner and someone inside the truck opened fire on the people standing there, KAKE reported.

Chicago Police Department Spokeswoman Sally Bown said both women were killed, and two men who had been standing near them were wounded.

"The irony of them being shot when they were out doing one of these vigils is, personally, very disturbing," Bown told KAKE on Tuesday.

Members of Mothers Against Senseless Killings have taken the attack personally.

"For mothers to be killed in a place where mothers go to seek safety and sisterhood, I take that as a personal threat," group founder Tamar Manasseh told KAKE. "Because when you come for one of us, you better believe they came for all of us."

Grant had four children children and Stoudemire was the mother of three, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

"It is terrifying. It is heartbreaking. I haven’t slept because I am trying to figure out how we can stop this,” Manasseh said. “Who’s next? I just keep thinking, ‘Who’s next?’”

But police have said they do not think that the mothers were the intended targets on Friday night, CBS News reported.

Chicago Police Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the bullets that killed Grant and Stoudemire were meant for a 58-year-old gang member who had just gotten out of prison.

The target was one of the men who was wounded, CBS News reported.

Guglielmi said that the actual target was refusing to cooperate with the Chicago Police Department investigation of Grant and Stoudemire’s murders.

The mother’s group’s founder wasn’t satisfied with the police department’s determination and said she thought Grant and Stoudemire had been shot intentionally.

"They killed mothers on a corner where mothers sit every day," Manasseh said. "You don't have mothers killed in a place that is sacred to mothers and not take that as a message."

"They can't even walk to the store without getting killed,” she lamented. "They were killed for parenting."

One man who lived near the corner where Grant and Stoudemire were shot said he sat with one of the woman and held her hand as she died, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“It’s too much around here,” he said. “The older people can’t come out and sit on the porch; the kids can’t play. It’s just, wow. Everyone is scared.”

Comments (29)
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Mrs10
Mrs10

Am I the only one who thinks they were the targets? And of course not because they are mothers but because they were trying to reclaim their neighborhood and their children. Gangs seem much more likely to go after current troublemakers than a past member. Of course it's also probably not a coincidence he was there.

Sargejh
Sargejh

Where’s Beto? Where’s Bernie? Where’s Biden? Where’s CNN, MSNBC and CBS? Oh right. This wouldn’t fit their anti-Trump narrative.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

Hard news to take. Now there children have no Mother, I can only imagine all the lives these women had an effect on and how hurt they are. Praying for both families. Hope they catch these animals RIP Ms. Grant and Stoudemire 🙏💔

stooge819
stooge819

Such a vibrant, culturally exciting city Chicago is.

JBo
JBo

Two people trying to improve the quality of life for others in an unarguably cesspool of a city were gunned down. Where's the outrage? Where' are the protests? CRICKETS!

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

They want to know why they can’t stop these senseless crimes? Because witnesses refuse to assist the police. The real issue still boils down to be raised to respect other people and their property, being held accountable for your behavior, being told “No” when appropriate, and not rewarding bad behavior. Entitlement is its own culture and once you’re in it, it’s tough to get out of it.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Somehow the Mayor will blame the Police for these murders. Where is Rev Al? What about Black Lives Matter? Where are the protests in the streets demanding change?

Oh wait that's right, only black criminal lives matter, not the lives of two innocent mothers who are murdered in Chicago....

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

This is very sad news. Sounds like these women were trying very hard to make a positive difference and I am sure they did. Thanks for posting this story, Blue Lives Matter!

LEO0301
LEO0301

Silence from the left is deafening.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Pretty awful news, who kills a couple of moms who just want to help the community? What a shame.

SDLucas
SDLucas

RIP, ladies, and thank you for what you tried to do. I wish more people knew the story of the demise of the Dalton Gang in Coffeyville, Kansas, towards the end of the 19th century (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalton_Gang). It shows what armed citizens, trained and experienced in the use of firearms, can do about the depredations of gangsters. Imagine what even poor working class people could do if trained and armed, instead of being disarmed by their own Government and cowering inside their tenement buildings. If the next time a gangster's car rolled down a Chicago street with gun-barrels sticking out the windows, 15 or twenty non-gangster residents of the neighborhood emptied their handgun magazines into that car, the frequency of drivebys would begin a steep decline. Might be pretty intense for a little while, but empowering people to take care of themselves and their neighborhoods will always pay off, if the governmental control freaks would just let it happen. What they're doing now just gives the thugs all the power.

Asher21
Asher21

🙏💔🙏💟🙏😢🙏

61mouse
61mouse

This happen like a month ago

The express
The express

Maybe just maybe if the people in Chicago would let the police do their job bring back DA's that don't let the scumbag punks walk Maybe then this city could get the gangs off the streets.

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

Will we be hearing from that useless mayor of Chicago telling the world this was the policemen’s fault. Even though it had nothing to do with them

Canadian Copper
Canadian Copper

I wonder if we'll here from the "Reverend" Sharpton about this. How about Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren who savagely attacked policing tonight on Twitter by saying Michael Brown was murdered in Ferguson by a white police officer. How about all those Liberals out there jump on this and start complaining about the outrageous loss of life in Chicago (and other cities). I won't hold my breath though because all we'll here are crickets.