Woman Gunned Down After Leaving Anti-Violence Fundraiser
By Joseph Erbentraut
A 32-year-old woman heading home from an anti-violence fundraiser she helped organize was among five people killed and at least 35 others wounded in gun violence in Chicago.
Leonore Draper was found shot inside her car outside her home in the city’s West Pullman neighborhood.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that about an hour before her death, Draper, who worked as a budget analyst for Chicago Public Schools, had attended a fundraiser she helped organize for Project Orange Tree. The youth-led anti-violence group was founded last year by King College Prep students after their classmate, Hadiya Pendleton, was killed in a shooting that attracted international media attention.
King College Prep senior Nza-Ari Khepra, a Project Orange Tree leader, told DNAinfo Chicago “the impression I got was that she was a good person trying to do good things. Few people try to help their communities like she was.”
Draper’s family released a statement to the Chicago Tribune, writing, “Our prayer is that the community will join us and pray that God will move in his own way to put an end to these senseless killings in Chicago.”