Two Chicago mothers who worked to tackle crime and violence in their neighborhood were shot dead in a drive-by-shoot last week.
Chantell Grant, 26, and Andrea Stoudemire, 36, who voluntarily reported to Mothers / Men Against Senseless Killings (MASK), were shot in the city's Auburn Gresham district on July 26, the organization said in a Facebook post.
The women were on the corner of West 75th Street and South Stewart Avenue, an area often occupied by MASK members to monitor children.
The Chicago police told DailyMail.com that a blue SUV was driving to the area, where MASK volunteers often gather and someone opened fire in a group of people indoors on Friday.
Chantell Grant (left) and Andrea Stoudemire (right) did volunteer work with Mothers / Men Against Senseless Killings (MASK) when they were fatally shot on July 26 in a neighborhood on Southside in Chicago.
Bullet holes can be seen at the shooting site that took place on the corner of West 75th Street and South Stewart Avenue in the Auburn Gresham district
Grant and Stoudemire, who were members of MASK, were shot several times and declared dead in the hospital, police said.
A 58-year-old man also sustained minor injuries after falling to the floor, and a man, 30, later walked to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his arm.
According to a police statement, he is in a stable state.
Officials said they have no reason to believe that women were deliberately targeted. But they added that one of the injured men has recently been released from prison and is known to CPD.
CPD spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi told DailyMail.com: “This is still being investigated, but at the moment we have no evidence that we can suggest that the women were the intended goals. We also have no evidence to the contrary.
& # 39; One of the men in the group who was non-fatally wounded has a history of CPD and was recently released from prison. & # 39;
He said they are looking for more information to find out the cause of the tragic shooting.
About four years ago, members of the group promised to take the corner back and ensure the safety of women and children in the neighborhood after a new murder there.
They patrolled there every day for the entire summer and had barbecues in the evening. The group hoped that their constant presence on the corner would help break the cycle of violence.
& # 39; As far as we are concerned, it's sacred ground, & # 39; said Maria Pike, MASK member ABC7. & # 39; This was a sanctuary built by mothers. & # 39;
& # 39; It is personal because any form of violence, regardless of whether you are the victim or the perpetrator, is wrong, & # 39; Pike added.
MASK founder Tamar Manasseh called the double murder & # 39; one of the saddest nights of my life & # 39 ;.
Chicago police said a blue SUV stopped in the area, where MASK volunteers often gather and someone opened fire in a group of people on Friday.
A 58-year-old man also suffered minor injuries after falling to the floor, and a 30-year-old man later went to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his arm
& # 39; To get mothers killed in a place where mothers go in search of safety and sisterhood, I take that as a personal threat & # 39 ;, said Manasseh (41) during a Sunday news conference on the group's Facebook was placed page.
& # 39; Because if you come for one of us, you better believe they came for us all.
& # 39; If any of us are outside, that could be one of us there. They could have had someone from us in a place where children come to play. & # 39;
Manasseh explained that she was holding the news conference next to the location where Grant and Stoudemire were killed in an attempt to reclaim the corner from violence.
More than 50 people gathered while their children played on the grass before Manasseh and other MASK activists started talking.
Manasseh added: & We are all sisters and now we are here to do one thing, look at the children.
& # 39; We are here to ensure that the children have something better than what one of us had.
She described how Grant, who was a dedicated mother, brought her children to the room every day to play and & # 39;never let them disappear. & # 39;
Baloons and other tributes are seen at the location where Chantell Grant, 26, and Andrea Stoudemire, 36, were killed
MASK was founded in 2015 as a way to fight violence and crime and to teach children to grow up as friends rather than enemies. They organize community events
Manasseh said: & # 39; Chantell brought her children here every day. Every day. In the meantime I should have seen Chantell at least three or four times at this time of the day. I'll never see her again. I will never see Andrea again. & # 39;
She claimed that Chantel Grant, 26, and Andrea Stoudemire, 36, were the second and third women to be shot in a month.
She said she knows that their last thoughts would have been for their children and what would happen to them.
Grant had four children and her fourth child just turned 1, Manasse said.
Stoudemire also had four children and she described the 35-year-old as very protective of her friends and was a mother who encouraged & # 39; other mothers & # 39 ;.
She said about Stoudemire: & Andrea was the mother of a mother, she encouraged other mothers, as we sometimes all do. She was a sister of other sisters, we encourage each other's children, we are sisters for each other. We have taken that away. & # 39;
MASK member Maria Pike said the group promised to take the corner about four years ago and ensure the safety of women and children in the neighborhood after a new murder there
As the news conference progressed, a friend of Stoudemire walked around singing: & # 39; Rest in peace, Andrea. & # 39;
& # 39; This is unacceptable, you cannot kill mothers, you cannot do that. Who will raise the children if you kill all women?
She added: "Enough is enough, I'm tired of being scared, you're not fed up with 14-year-old weapons."
& # 39; We are not going anywhere, we are still open to business, we are building our school, we are living our lives. & # 39;
MASK was founded in 2015 as a way to fight violence and crime and to teach children to grow up as friends rather than enemies.
A group of individuals in the community just started hanging out, cooking food, and radiating love, according to his website.
A GoFundMe account raised nearly $ 10,000 from Tuesday as a reward for information that led to the capture of suspects in the deaths of Stoudemire and Grant.
& # 39; The murder of a woman brought us to our corner on 75th & Stewart, so we don't let the murder of more mothers drive us out & # 39 ;, the petition said.
& # 39; We deserve to live without fear, and the young women, Chantell Grant and Andrea Stoudemire, who have been taken out of their children's families tonight, deserve justice. & # 39;
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