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Gov. Quinn Donates $1,000 to Cover Shamiya Adams' Funeral: Report

Services for the slain 11-year-old Chicago girl will be held Saturday




    Gov. Pat Quinn wrote a personal check for $1,000 to help the family of slain 11-year-old Shamiya Adams pay for her funeral this weekend, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    Shamiya was killed July 18 while attending a slumber party at a friend's home in Chicago's Garfield Park. She was in a bedroom with four friends, preparing to make S'mores, when a shooting erupted outside the house and a bullet pierced the window, striking her in the head.

    Charges Filed in Death of Shamiya Adams

    [CHI] Charges Filed in Death of Shamiya Adams
    NBC Chicago's Anthony Ponce reports from the newsroom at 9:30 a.m. on July 24, 2014, shortly after charges were confirmed in the death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams. (Published Thursday, July 24, 2014)

    Eighteen-year-old Tevin Lee was later charged with murder, felony murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

    On Thursday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel attended a fundraiser at a Ukrainian Village restaurant to raise money for Shamiya's funeral as the community mourned the tragedy. "There's some closure, but to lose a baby, that's going to go in our heads forever," said her grandfather, Roger Goodloe.

    Arrest Means Bittersweet Relief for Shamiya Adams' Family

    [CHI] Arrest Means Bittersweet Relief for Shamiya Adams' Family
    Shamiya Adams, 11, died an innocent victim of gang crossfire. As her family comes together for support, they find little solace in the arrest of an 18-year-old man. Lauren Jiggetts reports. (Published Thursday, July 24, 2014)

    A spokesperson for Quinn did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the governor's donation.

    This week, the Democratic incumbent, running for re-election this year, launched a public attack on Republican rival Bruce Rauner for not supporting a state ban on assault weapons.

    Community Activist on Shamiya Adams Investigation

    [CHI] Community Activist on Shamiya Adams Investigation
    Community Activist Andrew Holmes says police are talking to someone about the shooting death of Shamiya Adams but still need solid information. He spoke with NBC Chicago's Lauren Petty at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014)

    "My opponent thinks people should have assault weapons as they see fit," Quinn said Wednesday. "The host of a show asked him 'What is the purposes of a military style assault weapon other than to kill people?' and he just sat there silent. He said he's for the right of people to bear assault weapons. I think we should put the assault weapons down."

    Striking back, Campaign Rauner invoked the messy aftermath of Quinn's Neighborhood Recovery initiative, the anti-violence program he introduced in 2010 before defeating Bill Brady in the gubernatorial election. It's now under federal and state investigation amid allegations of bureaucratic incompetence and mishandling of state grant money.

    "Pat Quinn's anti-crime policies have been disastrous for Illinois," sniped Rauner's rep Mike Schrimpf. "His only answer is a non-binding election year referendum. Pat Quinn is just not serious about dealing with crime in our communities. It's tragic."