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Brave witness gunned down — where’s the outrage?

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Updated: May 25, 2012 8:06AM



W ITNESS GUNNED DOWN” was the headline in the Sun-Times April 17 telling the story about a 25-year-old woman on the West Side who was gunned down in a hail of 20 bullets on April 15 in the Lawndale neighborhood. I am asking: Where is all of the sustained and righteous indignation and outrage from the community and black leaders about this horrific killing? This woman received one bullet for almost every year that she was on this planet. And suffered 19 more bullet wounds than Trayvon Martin.

Kimberly Harris was a government witness for a case last summer in which she survived a shooting, but her boyfriend was not so lucky and died of his wounds.

This innocent young lady’s death is barely getting any public outcry. Demarius Bridges, 23, was charged with that shooting last year and is still awaiting trial. At Bridges’ bond hearing, prosecutor Martin Moore said, “Ms. Harris survived the attack and is in grave fear of her life if the defendant is released.”

Well, the brave Harris was doing her civic duty and identified Bridges. I now wonder if she was offered witness protection but refused? And why is this brutal killing not being talked about on the news nationwide? Is it because it appears to be another black-on-black crime, so who cares?

Yeah, I said it!

WLS-CHANNEL 7’s ‘‘Windy City Live” lovely co-host Val Warner is the cover story on Today’s Chicago Woman mag hitting newsstands Thursday. Warner and handsome Ryan Chiaverini are on the air daily at 9 a.m. in Oprah Winfrey’s former time slot and they are smokin’ hot and highly favored by viewers. The show is a major hit for the station and celebrates its one-year anniversary May 23.

UNION LEAGUE HAPS: Cook County Board prez Toni Preckwinkle speaking at the Rotary One luncheon at the Union League Club Tuesday . . . Channel 7’s Linda Yu will emcee the Harold Washington literary award dinner June 8 at the Union League. The HWL award will go to renowned author Sara Paretsky. Retired Mayor Richard M. Daley gets the Literary Leadership award.

THE FRIENDS OF PRENTICE and the 900 North Michigan Shops presents “A Day for Her” on May 12. The all-day shopping event offering great deals will benefit the Friends of Prentice of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The first 100 ticket holders will get two complimentary passes to a screening of the new film”What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” starring Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz. BEAUTIFUL ACTRESS Paula

(“Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol”) Patton recently signed on as the new spokeswoman for the new Pepsi Next soda and is in talks to star in the film “2 Guns” with Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington . . . Local Nielsen exec Cheryl Pearson McNeil will speak May 25 at the NAACP Leadership 500 Summit in Florida. She will share highlights from the first-of-its kind Nielsen report on the state of the African-American consumer.

CHICAGO-BORN singer/actress Cynda Williams, who gained fame co-starring with Denzel Washington in “Mo’ Better Blues” and in the cult classic “One False Move,” with Billy Bob Thornton (whom she was once married to), stars in “Immediate Family” at the Goodman’s Owen Theatre opening June 8. She is happily married to attorney Rod Plummer and they have one child . . . Sister2Sister mag’s Jamie Foster Brown is in the picnic scene in the hit movie “Think Like A Man.” (My sis)

CHEWCAGO: Kelsey (“Boss”) Grammer and wife, Kayte, ate vegan at Karyn Calabrese’s Karyn’s Cooked eatery . . . State Sen. Kirk Dillard dined with Chef Paul Virant at Perennial Virant eatery . . . Former Bulls Tyson Chandler and Charles Oakley dined at Mastro’s . . . The Bulls’ Kyle Korver ate at HUB 51 while the Celtics’ Paul Pierce hung out at SUB 51 . . . The Blackhawks hanging at Rosebud Trattoria . . . The cast of the “Jersey Boys” musical are regulars at Rosebud Prime . . . Real estate broker Don Breitfelder and family dined at the delicious Le Petit Paris.

“A CHEF’S AFFAIR” gala to benefit celebrity chef Art (Table 52) Smith’s Common Threads Foundation, which educates low-income kids on nutrition, is May 3 at the new Nellcote. For info: commonthreads.org

BIRTHDAY: Joe Segal. On Wednesday: WFLD-Channel 32’s Patrick Elwood and F.O.P.’s Bill Nolan.

Well, that’s Stella in the City!



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