Heaven Sutton trip to Disney World next month turned out to a tragic death

Heaven Sutton trip to Disney World next month turned out to a tragic death

Chicago : IL : USA | Jun 29, 2012 at 3:50 AM PDT
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A 7-year-old, Heaven Sutton was gunned down while selling candies outside her family's home in Chicago's West Side.

Around 10:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of North Luna in the city's North Austin neighborhood, two men open fired. Heaven tried to find a safe place but she was shot at the back.

Paramedics took Heaven in critical condition to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood where she was later pronounced dead, official said.

Ashake Banks, Heaven's mother said that she threw herself on the ground while her daughter ran into her family's home. Moments later, Banks said she found her daughter unconscious inside a hallway.

“I’m lost for words. That was my pride and joy,” Banks told the Chicago Tribune.

Banks idea of opening a candy stand, close to their homes to keep the kids away from the gang crossfire really doesn't matter with gang rivalry. Instead, Banks daughter was one of their innocent victims.

Heaven was looking forward for her trip to Disney World next month as her reward for having a good grades. But her most awaited family vacations will be soon a march for a change.

"She'd been looking forward to [our vacation], and they took my baby's life," she said.

Mayor Emanuel can't help his emotions after hearing the news. He said the street gang gunfire that killed a 7-year-old last night isn't only about crime.

"Who is this gangbanger shooting another gangbanger near a kid!? It's not about crime! It's about values! Where in your world experience do you take a shot at another adult next to a kid?"

How dare you! Said the mayor about the shooter.

I said to the mayor, just to be clear, do you still think your policing strategies are correct?

And he said, "I evaluate everything all the time."

The grieving mom offered a $3,000 reward to find her daughter’s killer.

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Heaven Sutton and her mother
Heaven Sutton trip to Disney World next month turned out to a tragic death
Mary Grace Keiner is based in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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