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Victims, community leaders discuss Boykin 7-point plan to end gun violence

Saturday, June 13, 2015
Chicago Tribune
by Marwa Eltagouri

Gun violence forum

Gun violence forum
Marwa Eltagouri, Chicago Tribune
 
Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin, left, and Ald. Willie Cochran discuss options for curbing gun violence in Chicago at a June 13, 2015, meeting at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin, left, and Ald. Willie Cochran discuss options for curbing gun violence in Chicago at a June 13, 2015, meeting at the University of Illinois at Chicago. (Marwa Eltagouri, Chicago Tribune)

Seven years after losing her son to gun violence, Brenda Hale scanned the crowd before her Saturday with blank eyes and an expressionless face. She then held up a thick, cream-colored piece of paper.

It was a signed letter from President Barack Obama, written in reply to a poem Hale wrote and sent to him. The poem, addressed to her son's shooter, captured her heartache. The last stanza read, "Though I cannot find you, I want you to see; You took more than my son, you took part of me."

Hale read aloud the president's response.


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