Mom to Parents: Save Your Kids From Gang Banging

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    One day after a Cook County jury returned a guilty verdict on one of the two men accused of killing DePaul University student Francisco Valencia, his mother pleaded with Chicago parents to keep their children from joining street gangs. (Published Wednesday, Sep 29, 2010)

    One day after a Cook County jury returned a guilty verdict on one of the two men accused of killing DePaul University student Francisco Valencia, his mother pleaded with Chicago parents to keep their children from joining street gangs.

    "These gang members choose a life of risk," said Joy McCormack.  "Sadly they made that choice for our son too."

    Surveillance Video Shows Shooter Pulling Gun

    [CHI] Surveillance Video Shows Shooter Pulling Gun
    Surveillance video from the scene where a DePaul student was killed shows guys mulling about the house and then the shooter pulling a gun. (Published Thursday, Nov 5, 2009)

    Berly Valladeres was convicted of murder for providing the gun that was used to kill Valencia outside a Logan Square home that had been rented for a party. The alleged shooter, Narcisco Gaticca is still awaiting trial.

    "Frankie was killed outside a million dollar home," McCormack told reporters.  "If this could happen to us, it could happen to you, to anyone."

    Mother Assumes Slain Son's Passion for Change

    [CHI] Mother Assumes Slain Son's Passion for Change
    Seven months after a DePaul University student was randomly shot and killed outside a house party on the Northwest side, his mother has made his well-known passion and vision for a better Chicago her own. (Published Thursday, Jun 3, 2010)

    With her partner on one side and her son, Victor, on the other, McCormack pleaded with parents of gang-age children.

    "If someone had taken the time to save [Valladeres], perhaps Frankie would be alive today," she said.

    Valencia Remembered As "One of the Most Amazing People"

    [CHI] Valencia Remembered As "One of the Most Amazing People"
    Friends and family on hand to say good-bye to Francisco Valencia got a chance to hear from the campus leader, honor student, mentor and activist in his own words. (Published Thursday, Jun 3, 2010)

    McCormack announced that, with her family and Frankie's friends, she is forming an Organization called Chicago's Citizens for Change. The group will have a page on Facebook.