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Woman Fatally Shot Returning From Anti-Violence Fundraiser

Draper was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where she later died

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    A woman is shot and killed just hours after attending an anti-violence rally on the South Side. A neighbor found her body inside her car in her driveway. Police believe she was the victim of a drive-by shooting. (Published Saturday, April 26, 2014)

    A woman was fatally shot in Chicago Friday night while returning home from an anti-violence group’s fundraiser.

    Leonore Draper had just returned home from A Charitable Confection, a fundraiser for teen anti-violence group Project Orange Tree, when she was shot outside of her home in the 1300 block of West 116th Street, police said.

    Officers said they heard shots fired in the area around 10:30 p.m. and when they arrived at the scene, they found Draper, 32, in her car with gunshot wounds to the arm and chest.

    A neighbor said she didn’t realize Draper had been shot until she saw the shattered car window.

    “I saw her and I kept waiting for her to get out of her car but she didn’t and then I noticed her window was shot out,” said Robin Anderson. “She was 32. That’s it.”

    Draper was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where she later died, officials said.

    Police believe Draper was an innocent victim of a drive-by shooting.

    Members of the anti-violence group Ceasefire went door-to-door in Draper’s neighborhood Saturday afternoon to speak to residents about the incident and gather information on the shooting.

    “We need more people like [Leonore Draper]” said Jessica Morris with Ceasefire. “That is why we are here.”

    Draper was one of four people killed in overnight Chicago violence that left 27 others wounded.

    No one was in custody as of Saturday evening, but an investigation is underway, officials said.