West Side alderman rips Emanuel for missing Shamiya Adams’ funeral
By fran spielman City Hall Reporter July 28, 2014 8:47PM
FOREST PARK, IL - JULY 26: Mourners walk with a caisson carrying the remains of Eleven-year-old Shamiya Adams to her grave in Forest Home Cemetery on July 26, 2014 in Forest Park, Illinois. Shamiya died in on July19 after being struck in the head by a stray bullet that flew through an open window and an interior wall at the Chicago home of a friend with whom she was spending the night. More than 1,100 people have been shot in Chicago in 2014 including at least 12 yesterday. Yesterday's gunfire claimed the life of a 13-year-old boy and wounded a 3-year-old boy. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Updated: August 30, 2014 6:18AM
A West Side alderman criticized Mayor Rahm Emanuel Monday for failing to attend Saturday’s funeral for 11-year-old Shamiya Adams, the latest innocent victim of Chicago’s never-ending gang violence.
“He should have been there. The message needs to be sent that this is one city. There are no unimportant parts of Chicago,” said Ald. Jason Ervin (28th), whose West Side ward includes the West Garfield Park neighborhood where Shamiya was gunned down when a bullet fired by an alleged gang member entered the open window of a home where the girl was having a sleepover with friends.
“You couldn’t find a better child. She was doing well in school. She was helping to raise money for library books. If we don’t support children doing the right things in life, what hope do we show them?”
Ervin said Emanuel’s absence was particularly disappointing, considering the fact that the mayor joined first lady Michelle Obama in attending last year’s funeral for 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton.
A promising sophomore at King College Prep, Hadiya Pendleton was shot in the back on Jan. 29, 2013, while hanging out with friends at a park a few blocks from the high school and less than a mile from President Barack Obama’s Kenwood mansion.