Two Young Girls Shot by Stray Bullets on Chicago's South Side

In another disturbing chapter of Chicago’s gun violence epidemic, two young girls were shot in the head within 30 minutes of each other Saturday night on the South Side.

Police do not believe 11-year-old Takiya Holmes and 12-year-old Kanari Gentry Bowers were the intended targets.

Relatives say Holmes died Tuesday morning at Comer Children’s Hospital.

Holmes was struck by a bullet while she sat in the backseat of her family’s van in the 6500 block South King Drive in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood.

Less than a half an hour later and about four miles away, Gentry Bowers was shot while she played on a schoolyard court outside of Henderson Elementary School in West Englewood.

Gentry Bowers is still clinging to life at Stroger Hospital, according to recent news reports.

Police are still looking for suspects in both shootings.

Here to provide his latest reporting on these stories is WBEZ reporter Patrick Smith.


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