Dwoyne Baker wasn't perfect, but we shouldn't forget his killing

South Chicago, where Dwoyne and Peanut and other victims lived in the old steel mill district, is an awful lot like the imperfect victims themselves.

Many Chicagoans who play in the trendier North Side areas don't even know South Chicago exists.

Since 2007, there have been more than 75 homicides in the area. Many are connected. Boys who played with each other in second grade end up on either side of a gun when they get older, as victims or shooters.

Cummings said she wrote to me because of the intense media coverage given to Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old whose funeral was attended by first lady Michelle Obama.

"Her death was just everywhere. It was like she was the only person in the world this happened to and it made me sad, that's all," she said.

She wanted it understood she's not critical of the Pendleton family. But for every Hadiya there are many forgotten victims. And many forgotten mothers.

Dwoyne was "finally growing up," she said, and he was happy the day he was killed. He burst into her kitchen, gave her a big hug and a smile, announcing he had an interview for a "J-O-B!" Hours later he was dead.

His killer remains at large.

In the coming days, I'll tell you about Detectives Sullivan and Moore-Grose, who haven't given up on this case or those of other imperfect victims.

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