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Rahm Visits Family of Slain 11-Year-Old Girl

Mayor. "They are in our thoughts and prayers"




    (Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014)

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel visited with the family of an 11-year-old girl killed by a stray bullet at a friends' slumber party last week as police appeared to be making progress in the case.

    Shamiya Adams was killed when the bullet came through the bedroom window of a home in the 3900 block of West Gladys Avenue in the Garfield Park neighborhood.

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    Emanuel spent time with the girl's family Tuesday night.

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    "I came here as a parent to tell them that they are in our thoughts and prayers, to be with them, and to make sure that they know the whole city is thinking and praying for them," Emanuel said.

    Chicago police said Monday that they had strong leads in the case, but no arrests have been made. Sources told NBC Chicago that investigators were speaking to at least one person of interest, but neither police nor Emanuel would comment on the the case.

    "Even if I did, I can't talk about it," Emanuel said.

    Area churches and community groups have come together to show support, donating $8,000 in reward money for information leading to an arrest in the case.

    An event will be held Thursday at Fatso’s Last Stand at 2258 W Chicago Ave. to help raise money for the Shamiya's funeral.

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