#HeadlineNews: Chicago Activist Fatally Shot After Leaving Anti-Violence Fundrai
As you may know my husband and I run a nonprofit organization called the 'No Dope Express'
where we fight against substance abuse, drugs and gangs in the Chicagoland area; so when I
read this story the first thing I thought was 'This could have been me'.
Like many, Leonore Draper was fighting a hard fight to change Chicago's youth and keep them away
from the streets. On this past Friday, God decided see has fought a God fight and called her home.
Here is the story as seen on NewsOne and in the Chicago Sun Times
Thirty-two-year-old Leonore Draper was shot in the arm and chest inside a car in the West Pullman
neighborhood this past Friday night after leaving a fundraiser for an anit-violence organization.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office says she died after being taken to Advocate Christ Medical
Center in Oak Lawn. Friends and relatives said she had just attended a fundraiser for a youth anti-violence
organization called Project Orange Tree.
Draper was one of at least three people killed in Chicago since Friday evening. More than two dozen other
people were wounded in shootings across the city.
Family members on Saturday said they were in shock and confirmed Draper had just attended
A Charitable Confection, a fundraiser on the Near South Side to raise money for teen anti-violence group Project Orange Tree.
The group was formed by King College Prep students after the shooting death of Hadiya Pendleton last year.
Draper’s brother Adrian Murrow called his sister extremely “outgoing” and “easy to get along.”
Murrow said his sister often came to visit him, but he never had a chance to visit her Chicago home in West Pullman.
“She wasn’t the type of person that would ever try to mess you up ever. She was always trying to put a smile on your face,” Murrow said from his home in Houston.
He said she had lived in the neighborhood for a short time. Draper was on the committee that organized Friday’s
anti-violence event, according to Jocelyn Delk Adams, a friend and fellow organizer of the event.
She was also an employee of the Chicago Public Schools, serving as a budget analyst, CPS spokesman
Joel Hood said. On her Facebook page Friday, Draper reminded friends and family of the charitable event.
She was also active with a charity raising awareness about the impact of HIV and AIDS on women.
Draper was also active in raising funds for multiple sclerosis in large part because her husband, Jason Draper,
lives with the illness.