Cook County Commissioner Monica Gordon, who represents District 5, issued a statement on the shooting death of a Hillcrest High School student after a home football game Friday night, Sept. 15.
“This weekend’s killing of Hillcrest teenager Marshawn Mitchell is another example that no place is safe from gun violence. On an occasion when Hillcrest High School students, alumni, family members and staff should be having fun, the night ends in the senseless death of a 14-year-old.
“Unfortunately, gun violence is the leading cause of death among children, teens and young adults under 25-years-old in Cook County. This cannot continue. We must find a way to keep guns out of the hands of irresponsible people. We must find a way to stop the flow of guns from neighboring states to our communities. We must find a way to make our young people see the value of their lives and others.
“Last month, I announced the formation of the 5th District’s Violence Prevention Advisory Council. Tragedies like this is why we all must work together to protect our young people. Our communities, our cities and our county can’t afford to lose another promising life.”