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Chicago’s 4th of July weekend death toll surpassed the Highland Park shooting. ‘I thought there would be more outcry,’ mother says

 Angela Gregg, center, is consoled by police Cmdr. Roderick Watson and community members during a prayer vigil days after her son, Mychal Moultry Jr., was killed Labor Day weekend last year.

(CNN)Angela Gregg’s 4-year-old son, Mychal Moultry Jr., known to loved ones as MJ, was killed by a stray bullet while getting his hair braided last year during Labor Day weekend in Chicago’s South Side neighborhood Woodlawn.

She remembers him as a genius who was set to skip ahead to kindergarten after just two weeks of pre-school. He was full of life and didn’t call her “Mom” or “Mommy” but “Happy.”
Gregg recalls having to move mountains to get any public and media attention on his case. Like many people, she was horrified by what happened in Highland Park, Illinois, on Monday, but she couldn’t help but notice the difference in reaction to the tragedy that shattered her world. MJ was Gregg’s only child, and in the 10 months since his death, no one is in custody for the boy’s homicide and the investigation remains open.
But she was not surprised by the attention and support Highland Park received because it’s a predominantly White Chicago suburb, she says. Gun violence is so normalized in Chicago’s South and West sides, that it doesn’t receive the same concern, she says.

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