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Unread post by ALLS_WELL_MOE » September 25th, 2012, 1:39 pm

2 killed in West Pullman shooting: 'Chicago is getting reckless'

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/loca ... 3421.story
Quiltavia Patterson was a mother of twins who went to college to better her life and who aspired to be a rap singer.

Jermaine Carter was also raising a family in the tough West Pullman neighborhood while building a business doing tattoos.

Early this morning, the two were near the intersection of Eggleston and 120th streets when a dark-colored car drove past and someone from inside opened fire. Patterson, 25, was dead at the scene. Carter, 38, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead.

Two other people -- a 22-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man -- were shot and seriously wounded, police said.

Authorities were releasing few details of the shooting, which occurred around 2:35 a.m. in the 400 block of West 120th Street. There was no description of the car and no reports of arrests.

"Chicago is getting reckless, it's horrible," Patterson's older sister, Shantavia King said, sobbing. "Whoever did this, they need to be brought to justice because she was a good person, a good mother, a good sister, my best friend. It is just ridiculous, she was my best friend.

"Before she was anything, she was a good person," King said. "She had twins, a boy and a girl. She was getting her life the way it's supposed to be. Now she's just gone."

Patterson had attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign "to better her life, to better herself, for her kids," she said.

Patterson's mother, Cynthia Patterson, said her daughter loved to sing. "I don't know what I'm going to do without her. What her kids are going to do."

Carter's wife, Valerie Simms-Carter, said she had turned in for the night when she heard gunfire.

"I was actually in bed going to asleep," she said. "I wasn't asleep, because I can't sleep unless I know everybody in my household is in. And when I heard the gunshots, I ran out in the hallway and saw someone lying on the ground."

Someone told her it was her husband. "It was just. . . I started crying, he was such a nice guy. He was the type of person to give the shirt off his back to somebody.

"He didn't bother anybody. It was a senseless crime," Simms-Carter said. "We are just hoping whoever did this come forth. . .You will be found."

A friend, Robert Reynolds, said Carter's "passion was doing tattoos."

"He was a good person to talk to. If you were feeling down, he would life you up. He was a good person, a very good person," he said.

Chicago police statistics indicate the West Pullman community, long troubled by gangs and drugs, is the 9th most violent in the city.

Just two hours earlier, a man was wounded less than a mile from the scene of the drive-by. The neighborhood has had three homicides since the start of the month, including the shooting death of an 18-year-old man over the weekend.

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