Boy, community activist among 10 killed in shootings across Chicago since Friday

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CHICAGO -- A 10-year-year old boy and a man who made it his mission to try to improve his South Side community were just two of the victims of Chicago's gun violence this weekend.

Among the 10 killed was 10-year-old Gustavo Garcia. He was riding in an SUV with his stepfather, late Friday night, when someone opened fire on the city's Southeast Side.

It happened in the 3500 block of east 97th Street. No one is in custody.

Police are holding an event Monday at 7 p.m. to ask people for information about who might have killed the 10-year-old. He is the fourth child in Chicago to die from a gunshot wound this year.

Another victim was William "Willie" Cooper, who was killed just down the street from his office in the 100 block of 95th Street Saturday afternoon in the Washington Heights neighborhood.

He was standing outside when a a dark-colored car drove by and opened fire. Cooper was a well-known activist coined the "Mayor of 95th Street."

He was the executive director of Lilydale Outreach Workers for a Better Community, a non-profit providing jobs for young black men and ex-offenders.  Police don't know if it was a targeted or random shooting.

“He was a real, real, real good guy. No matter what you could count on him," Curtis Hereford said.

Chicago police say from 6 p.m. Friday until midnight last night, at least 35 people were shot and 10 of those victims were killed.

The emergency room at Mt. Sinai Hospital had to stop taking patients early Sunday morning. The ER became a crime scene when a fight broke out and someone was shot in the hospital.


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