Mother of 3 Dies After Monday Shooting

A mother of three children became the second to die from a gang-related shooting in Merrill Park

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    Janeen Hancock's aunt said she heard "about 62 gunshots" in the shooting that took her niece's life. Christian Farr reports. (Published Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012)

    A mother of three died Tuesday from shooting a day earlier that also claimed the life of a 17-year-old boy and wounded 12 others.

    Janeen Hancock, 34, was pronounced dead at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County Tuesday evening after being injured in a gang-related shooting at Merrill Park on the city's southeast side.

    She'd been shot in the abdomen and thigh, her family said.

    "I heard about 62 gunshots, so I laid down in the middle of the field and played like I was dead. When I looked around, Janeen was shot, just laying out on the grass," said Hancock's aunt, Lolita Hancock.

    Teen Alixi Johnson was also killed in the shooting. Chicago Police said Johnson was standing with a man and two women in a park in the 2100 block of East 96th Street when two people started firing.

    Johnson died after being shot in the neck.

    A shotgun and a rifle were used in the shooting, police said.

    The violence has caused some in the area to dub Merrill Park as "murder park."

    "Every year they come up and shoot up the park after the back to school picnic. It's just crazy," said Hancock.