Betty Howard, Teacher and Pastor’s Wife, Killed by Stray Bullet on Chicago’s South Side

Betty Howard, Teacher and Pastor's Wife, Gunned Down on Chicago's South Side
Betty Howard, Teacher and Pastor’s Wife, Gunned Down on Chicago’s South Side (Photo Credit: Sun Times)

How many people have to die before Chicago makes a concerted effort to stem the gun violence wreaking havoc on its residents? Betty Howard, a teacher at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep School on Chicago’s South Side was gunned down Thursday evening. She is another innocent victim of gun violence.

Brooks, who was a special education teacher, was also the First Lady of New Light Holiness Church. Her husband Rev. Major Howard was the pastor. She also worked as a case manager at the church and organized a tutoring program, the Sun Times reports.

Howard, a mother of two sons, was shot in the head in the 700 block of East 79th Street at about 5:25 p.m. Thursday evening. At the time of her murder, Betty Howard was at her part-time job at Kale Realty. A bullet grazed one of the four agents in the office.

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  • Is it GUN VIOLENCE or the WILL TO KILL another person in the context of an ecosystem that has FAILED TO DEVELOP THE PEOPLE – but remains unchecked by the ability of the people in the community to install a more functional alternative?