Corey Brooks and New Beginnings Church shaken by two fatal shootings

January 7, 2013 4:26:47 PM PST
A South Side church that works to stop the violence on Chicago's streets was shaken by two shooting deaths over the weekend.

Pastor Corey Brooks of New Beginnings Church lost a close friend to gun violence. The brother of two church members was also gunned down.

Brooks gained national attention for his bold efforts to find alternatives for young people. His efforts have been paying off, a haven for drugs and crime has been leveled and a new community center is in the works.

Brooks said he is greiving but he is not deterred by the shootings.

The work he would like to do is encouraging students at his church's school.

The work he has been called to do is all too often intervening when young people have been victims of gun violence.

"It hurts, it hurts real bad and sometimes you wonder is this ever going to stop?" Brooks said.

Sunday night 19-year-old Marcus Turner, the brother of two members of New Beginnings Church, was shot and killed on South King Drive.

Turner's sisters said he was trying to turn his life around. He was working to get his GED, write music and be a new father

When three offenders confronted Turner and his cousins with a gun, Turner was shot twice in the back.

"I want to see them value life," his sister Antoinette Houseton said. "They first have to start with value their lives and the lives of others. I think we need more love more prayers more faith in God. And that they learn to live instead of wanting to die."

Also Sunday night 35-year-old Daryl Minor, a member of Brooks' inner-circle, was shot and killed in Calumet Park.

Minor was passionate about getting young men jobs to give them alternatives to the streets, according to Brooks.

"It's heart wrenching. He won't get to see his son grow up?help the community," Brooks said.

Calumet Park police have not responded to requests about Minor's death.

Pastor Brooks put the spotlight on the need for anti-violence efforts over the summer when he walked across the country and lived a roof last winter.

It was all to raise money for a community center where an abandoned hotel sat across from the church.

That lot is now vacant. And the Pastor hopes to raise enough to start building the center next year.

"I pray that God gives me the strength to keep doing what I do," Brooks said. "When things like this happen, it wears on you a little bit."