Police: Chicago mom killed in gang crossfire

September 24, 2010 9:07:39 PM PDT
A shooting has claimed the life of a Chicago mother. Police say Alexia Teague was caught in gang crossfire.

The fatal shooting happened Thursday near 123rd and Halsted. Friday night, Teague's family and anti-violence activists gathered at the scene.

Most Friday nights, members of the CeaseFire organization say they are on the streets trying to try to prevent violence. On Friday night, they had their work cut out for them, because they were also praying for two victims of recent violence.

Friends and family marked the spot where Teague was standing when she was hit by a stray bullet. They wrote messages to the mother of four and stepmother of two.

Witnesses say a gang dispute broke out around her and she was trapped. Teague's shooting at 123rd and Halsted happened underneath a police blue light security camera.

Witness Terrell Walker said he heard about six shots.

"Someone had called her a name and she turned to see who was calling her and that's when the bullet struck her," said Walker.

"It's just hard right now," said Teague's sister-in-law Kathleen Whitmore. "She was an innocent bystander."

Witnesses say teenagers involved in a gang dispute were responsible for the gunfire. Those young people are who CeaseFire members are trying reach in their efforts to stop the random violence.

Bob Jackson of Roseland CeaseFire met Teague recently.

"Couple of weeks ago, we had just stopped to pray for 12 o'clock midnight out here praying for her on the street, and then a couple of weeks later to find out she was killed during a senseless crossfire," said Jackson.

One of CeaseFire's goals is to try to prevent retaliation, senseless violence compounded by more, but early Friday morning, friends say it was retaliation that led to the shooting death of another man, Cecil Cooper, 53.

"It's messed up," said area resident LaMont Adams. "All this senseless killing for nothing. Nobody get nothing out of it."

Police said Friday night that no one was in custody for either of the shootings.


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