Two mothers who volunteered for Mothers/Men Against Senseless Killings (Mask) were killed in a drive-by while protesting against killings in their Chicago neighborhood.
26-year-old Chantel Grant, and 36-year-old Andrea Stoudemire were both mothers who were against the amount of crime that happened in their neighborhood.
They decided to volunteer for Mothers/Men Against Senseless Killings (Mask), to do their part in speaking out against crime, and raise awareness to get others on their side.
Tamar Manasseh, founder of MASK said in a news conference on Sunday:
“For mothers to be killed in a place where mothers go to seek safety and sisterhood, I take that as a personal threat,”
MASK’s website states it was founded to:
“interrupt violence and crime, and teach children to grow up as friends rather than enemies,”
According to Chicago police, around 9:50 pm on Friday night, a blue SUV stopped at the corner where the MASK members were gathered and started firing into the crowd.
Grant and Stoudemire were shot multiple times. Both were pronounced dead at the hospital.
A 58-year-old man suffered minor injuries after falling to the ground, and a 30-year-old man was shot in the arm and walked himself to the hospital. The 30-year-old man is currently in stable condition.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told reporters that there’s no evidence that the mothers were the targets of the shooting.
“This is unacceptable, Enough is enough. I’m tired of being scared.”
Police say as of Tuesday they still don’t have any suspects and urge the public to call Crime Stoppers if they have any information.
A GoFundMe account was created for them, and has raised $12,000 so far, to be used as a reward for any information leading to an arrest, stating:
This GoFundMe is raising money for a reward to anyone who has information that will bring these mother killers to justice. Our goal is $5,000.
No ones gonna save us. We must do it ourselves to make a difference.