CHICAGO - After 43 people were shot - four of them fatally - over another violent weekend in Chicago, the city's mayor and police superintendent are scheduled to meet with federal law enforcement officials and local community organizations Monday, reports CBS Chicago.
The Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel told the station that a private meeting will be held to discuss "joint efforts to combat gun violence and strengthen communities." The city's religious leaders are also expected to attend.
Among the four killed over the weekend was 11-year-old Shamiya Adams, who was struck in the head by a stray bullet while sleeping over at a friend's house on Friday night. Shamiya was inside the home when a bullet pierced a window or wall and hit her in the head while she was playing with her friends. CBS Chicago reports the girl was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was pronounced dead Saturday morning.
"For this young, 11-year-old to be killed in a senseless, vicious crime, it grieves our heart; it leaves a hole in our soul," said Rev. George Daniels on Sunday, where a prayer vigil was held for Shamiya at the First Baptist Congregational Church. "A bullet pierced the window and the wall and took her little life. That is so senseless, it's evil, it's despicable."
CBS Chicago reports over $8,000 has been raised to fund a reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the girl's death. Police are reviewing footage from a blue light camera located at the scene.
"Every child in the city of Chicago deserves a childhood," an emotional Emanuel said on Saturday, according to the station. "Now how many times - we look in kids' eyes sometimes, and it's been stolen from them too often. The familiarity of laughter has been replaced by the familiarity of gunfire." Emanuel said he has reached out to too many parents of children killed by gun violence in Chicago.
The most recent fatal shooting occurred around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, when 24-year-old Richard Velasquez was shot in the chest and killed at a bar by an unknown assailant, reports CBS Chicago.
At roughly 3 a.m. Saturday, the station reports 30-year-old Brandon Wilson died after being shot in the neck and back while sitting in a vehicle. Around 6 p.m., Jaquan Hardy, 21, was shot in the head as he and a 43-year-old woman were getting into a cab. He later died at the hospital.
Forty-one-year-old Francisco Rocha was killed after police were called to a home to break up a fight between several males around 2 p.m. Saturday, according to CBS Chicago. Rocha died after officers used a stun gun to subdue him while breaking up the fight. The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the incident.