Chicago Anti Gun-Violence Activist Leonore Draper Gunned Down After Leaving Anti-Violence Event She Helped Organize

April 28, 2014  |  


Leonore Draper was a woman who fought for the young people in her community in Chicago. She was on the committee of an anti-violence nonprofit organization looking to make a difference. But a woman who worked so hard to curb the gun violence sadly lost her life on Friday night after being gunned down in her car–after leaving an anti-violence event. 

According to an ABC affiliate in Chicago, Draper was coming home from a youth anti-violence fundraiser called A Charitable Confection on Friday evening, an event she reportedly helped to organize, when she was shot in the arm and in the chest while sitting in her car. This all happened in the West Pullman neighborhood on the South Side. She was rushed to the hospital, but died soon after.

Draper’s family is speaking out on the loss of the 32-year-old, a budget analyst for Chicago Public Schools and makeup artist, who leaves behind a husband and a cause that she was so passionate about:

“We believe it quite ironic that Leonore’s life ended violently when she was so committed to the betterment of our community.

We mourn for Leonore and the many victims of violence whose lives have been negatively impacted by the actions of morally depraved persons, many of whom have easy access to firearms sold by unchecked gun brokers throughout the country. We call on our mayor and other state and local government officials to redouble their efforts at curtailing access to firearms by criminals.”

And her good friend and college roommate, Jocelyn Delk Adams, had this to say to the ABC affiliate about Draper and the gun violence affecting neighborhoods and the people in them on the South Side:

“Leonore was a bright light. She was one of my best friends. A friend I had had for 10 years. Someone everyone was pulled towards because of her personality. A bright light. Everyone that met her just loved her.

We need to stop this. We’re losing people that don’t need to be lost, that have so many years left, that have so many dreams left to fulfill. There needs to be something done.”

Police are trying to figure out if Draper was the intended target in this shooting, or if she was an innocent bystander caught up in drive-by shooting. An investigation has been opened to find the answers.

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