It's not uncommon to have more than one person in the same family suffer from some type of potentially deadly hereditary disease. In most black families, you can more than likely find diabetes, high blood pressure and/or glaucoma. Unfortunately for the Chambers' family, you can also find homicide:
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Chambers gave her last respects to her son Monday in a church on the near North Side of Chicago where there was standing room only. Friends and family who gave remarks remembered Ronnie Chambers, whose nickname was “Scooby,” as someone who was “always networking” and “pointing kids in the right direction.”
In a sanctuary filled with more than 400 people, one friend remarked, “Scooby was like everybody’s hero.” As people shared fond memories of Ronnie Chambers, his mother sat, sometimes weeping, sometimes smiling, remembering her son in her own way.
Chambers knows the feeling all too well. She lost her 18-year-old son Carlos to gun violence in 1995. In 2000, Chambers’ 23-year-old son Jerome and 15-year-old daughter LaToya were both shot to death outside of a Cabrini-Green housing facility just months apart.
Chicago’s residents are crying out for a remedy to the city’s violence issue. In 2012, the city shamefully topped 500 murders for the first time in four years.
Civil rights leader and former presidential candidate Rev. Jesse Jackson led about 150 people in a march Saturday highlighting the gun violence issue and asked President Barack Obama to come to Chicago to address the epidemic.