Turning a Life Around
- Christina Campos had a turbulent teen-age life, moving from home to home on her own accord, friends say. But she was trying to turn things around.
The 18-year-old Chicago girl was taking courses to earn a high school diploma before she was killed early today on a Chicago street.
Campos was leaving a home on the city's Far Southeast Side about 1:15 a.m. with at least two male friends - a 17-year-old and 27-year-old - when shots were fired from a blue minivan. She was fatally struck in the back, police said.
- Though police previously said the shooting may be gang-related because at least one of her companions is a known gang member, News Affairs Sgt. Antoinette Ursitti said that the motive is unknown and police are still investigating.
- Be in at a reasonable hour. 1:15 a.m. isn't reasonable. 10:30 p.m. is the latest you should be out. Ever. Decent people don't usually get in trouble because decent people are in bed. They have jobs and need sleep.
- Don't hang out with gangbangers. Again, you lay down with dogs, you're going to get fleas. Or bullets in the back. Gangbangers seem to attract a lot of fleas and bullets. It's an occupational hazard.
- Don't hang out in Daley's Chicago. The Olympics take precedence over police hiring. We try to do our best with what we've got, but it isn't enough to be everywhere all the time. Daley needs money and if a bunch of people die because of his half assed priorities, well he'll get their votes anyway.