Another senseless death has occurred in the Chicago area. The Chicago SunTimes has reported that Maggie Browder, 70, who watched out for neighborhood children, gave quick calls to parents on the telephone if she saw a child acting out, was shot and killed in her home. It is said that just after 6 a.m. Monday morning, she heard the doorbell of her West Pullman home ring and peeked through the vertical blinds in her living room to see who was there. According to her daughter Barbara, she heard her mother’s footsteps and then two shots rang out. “I [saw] her on the floor,” said her daughter, sobbing outside the family’s home in the 12200 block of South Morgan Street. Browder was shot in the shoulder, police on the scene said, and died at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn about an hour later.

Police believe the shooting may have been gang-related but don’t believe Mama Browder, as she is affectionately known, was the intended target. There have been ongoing gang conflicts in the neighborhood, said Monique Bond, a police department spokeswoman.” Authorities said they believe the shooter rang the doorbell to lure someone to the front door. But police have no evidence that Browder or her daughter were intended targets, Bond said. Investigators were interviewing witnesses Monday afternoon and will review video surveillance in the area to try to identify a suspect or license plates of vehicles near the scene.

A neighbor said that two or three months ago, someone threw an object through one of the front windows of Browder’s home in the early morning. This is a real shame that a 70 year-old woman could be caught in the cross hairs of violence that was probably not meant for her. Again, this neighborhood has had ongoing gang-related conflicts. How much longer are people going to be held captive by these armed thugs that wreak havoc in the communities? Again, the Bush Administration is fighting a war in Iraq that was uncalled for, when we have a war being waged in many neighborhoods across this country and with no end in sight. To add insult to injury, as one of my regular readers pointed out, we have not heard a word from any of the so-called civil rights leaders in our communities. Where is Rev. Jessie Jackson? Oh, I guess this isn’t a corporation, so he can’t secure a monetary donation for his Rainbow/Push Coalition. Where are all the black leaders in Chicago and the Rev. Al Sharpton? It is a damn shame that a 70 year-old woman was gunned down in her own home and no-one is leading a demonstration or speaking out about this. Just my thoughts, you be the judge….