Suspects sought in fatal shooting of activist Leonore Draper

April 28, 2014 (CHICAGO)

Loved ones of Draper say she was a charismatic person who believed in giving back to her community, but Friday night her life was taken on the streets she was trying to make safer.

"She had a very positive outlook for the world, she was always a giver," said Ronald Draper, victim's father-in-law.

Ronald Draper says the death of his daughter-in-law Leonore Draper is a blow to his family and a loss for the community.

He says the 32-year-old was doing her part to make Chicago streets safer when her life ended violently.

"I'm just at a loss for words as to how such a wonderful person could have her demise under these circumstances," Ronald Draper said.

Leonore Draper was a budget analyst for Chicago Public Schools, but wanted to do her part to fight gun violence.

On Friday night, she attended an anti-violence fundraiser.

She had returned to her home in the West Pullman neighborhood when she was shot and killed while sitting in her parked car.

Draper was one of four people killed in weekend shootings that also left 35 people wounded.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says Draper was a victim of gang crossfire.

"Every one of these is a tragedy," McCarthy said. "This one happens to be a particular tragedy in that she was working to really stem the tide."

McCarthy said police officers are doing their part to get guns off the street and out of the hands of dangerous criminals.

More than 1,800 illegal guns have been confiscated just this year, some were displayed Monday.

But McCarthy stressed the need for stricter gun control and longer prison sentences.

"We're on a hamster wheel," he said. "We're getting the guns, getting the guns getting the guns. That's not a system designed to succeed. Until something changes as far as laws are concerned."

McCarthy went on to say that Chicago Police recover more illegal guns than police in any other United States city.

As for Draper, she leaves behind a husband of seven years, and relatives hold a vigil to mark one week since the shooting Friday at 10:30 p.m. at 116th and Loughner, the scene of the shooting.

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