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Chicago activist Lenore Draper killed leaving anti-violence fundraiser


Lenore Draper killed 

A Chicago woman working to curb the rampant violence in Chicago was killed Friday after leaving an anti-violence fundraiser. Lenore Draper, 32, was found dead in her car after what police suspect was a drive-by shooting. The Chicago Tribune reports that she was struck in the chest and arm around 10:35 p.m., just 30 minutes after leaving the “A Charitable Confection” fundraiser.

The event benefitted “Project Orange Tree,” an anti-violence campaign that started after the 2013 death of 15-year-old honors student Hadiya Pendelton. As previously reported, Pendleton was killed by  a stray bullet just weeks after performing at President Obama’s inauguration. The first lady attended her funeral.

Draper, also known as Lee Draper, was a makeup artist and a graduate of Clark Atlanta University. She also recently studied at DePaul University.

She was one of four people killed on Chicago’s South, West and Southwest sides starting Friday afternoon. The Tribune also reports that 26 other people suffered gunshot wounds.


Rolling out extends condolences to the Draper family.

–danielle canada

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