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Chicago Mum Loses Fourth Child To Gun Crime
A mother in Chicago has lost her fourth child to the gun violence which has turned the city into the US murder capital.
Ronnie Chambers was shot in the head early on Saturday while sitting in a parked car on the city's west side.
His mother, Shirley Chambers, previously lost her two other sons and her daughter in separate shootings stretching back 18 years.
"Right now, I'm totally lost because Ronnie was my only surviving son," the grieving mother told WLS-TV.
Her first child, Carlos, was shot and killed aged 18 by a high school classmate in 1995 after an argument.
Her daughter Latoya, then 15, and her other son Jerome were shot and killed within months of each other in 2000.
"What did I do wrong? I was there for them. We didn't have everything we wanted but we had what we needed," she said.
"They took my only child. I have nobody right now. That's my only baby," she added.
Ronnie Chambers appeared on an episode of The Ricki Lake Show last month, where he was described as a former gang member.
The 34-year-old told the TV host that he was attempting to turn his life around and that his siblings' murders had prompted him to "do something different".
Mrs Chambers said her son was following through on his pledge, despite the pervading gun culture.
"We need tougher gun laws, where people will know they will be in prison for a long time if they choose to pick up a gun and take a life," she told the Sun-Times newspaper.
Her son was one of at least five people gunned down over the weekend in Chicago.
A few hours later, a gunman opened fire on three men on the city's south side, killing two of them and wounding the third, police said.
On Saturday afternoon, detectives were called to the scene of another shooting in which a man in his 30s and a teenager were killed.
Chicago's homicide count soared above 500 last year for the first time since 2008.
But as grim as that landmark is, the city's homicide rate was almost double in the early 1990s when it averaged around 900.
Since then violent crime has fallen significantly, and continues to fall, in America's biggest cities, including New York and Los Angeles.
Chicago's current record stands in sharp contrast.