It’s hard for most people to imagine losing one child, let alone all four of their children. But losing all of her children is the harsh reality of Shirley Chambers of Chicago, MSNBC reported.
Chambers’ son Ronnie, was the baby of the family. Age 34, he was shot in the head while sitting in a parked car; a 21-year-old passenger was wounded in the same attack. Chambers’ daughter and two other sons were killed in separate instances within five years of each other. Carlos was shot at age 18 after an argument with a classmate in 1995 and Jerome and Latoya were shot just months apart in 2000.
Like any parent in her situation, Chambers wonders what she missed. “What did I do wrong? I was there for them. We didn’t have everything we wanted but we had what we needed,” she asked. Still, she says she isn’t bitter about her losses, not even this most recent one that has left her childless. Ronnie was one of five people who were attacked this weekend in Chicago. The city’s homicide rate is now at 500 yearly, the highest rate since 2008. However, this is a significant decrease from when the rate was nearly double ten years ago.