Women shot, killed after non-violence campaign

Leonore Draper

A woman who campaigned heavily against violence was fatally shot in Chicago – moments after leaving a fundraiser she had helped to organise for a youth anti-violence charity.

Leonore Draper, 32, attended the Project Orange Tree event in the Chicago suburb of West Pullman before she was attacked on Friday evening.

Draper was shot in the arm and chest and died on the way to Advocate Christ Medical Center, Chicago Defender reports.

The fundraiser, called A Charitable Confection, was dedicated to Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl who was shot dead in the city last year.

Draper’s brother Adrian Murrow said the family was in shock.

‘She wasn’t the type of person that would ever try to mess you up ever,’ he told the Chicago Sun-Times.

‘She was always trying to put a smile on your face.’

Draper was an active member in the community.

In addition to her anti-violence advocacy she was a campaigner for women impacted by HIV and AIDS.

Draper’s neighbour Andrew Loss told ABC Local she was in her car at the time of the shooting, dropping off her disabled husband.

‘Some little girl was taking the man into the house. Then when the little girl came back out the lady, she was dead,’ he said.

Read more at the DailyMail Online.

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