Family and activists seek help in solving murder of pregnant woman in south Chicago – NBC Chicago

As police continue their search for those responsible for the murder of a pregnant woman and her unborn child, a community came together on Sunday to urge anyone with knowledge of the heinous crime to come forward.

Chicago police say Derricka Patrick, 29, was sitting in a car in the 7400 block of South Vincennes around 7 p.m. Wednesday night when two men approached the vehicle and opened fire, hitting her repeatedly.

Patrick was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

On Sunday, activists in Chicago gathered with his friends and family to distribute flyers and to implore members of the public who may have information about the shooting to come forward.

“This is a day of service for our sister who was murdered,” Rabbi Michael Ben Yosef said. “Call it what it is – a state of emergency.”

Area 1 detectives continue to investigate the shooting, but no suspects are in custody, and now a family must mourn a tragic loss.

“You have taken a beautiful young woman out of this world,” said Christine Blanton, Patrick’s mother. “You took my baby.”

Police say they have surveillance footage and ballistics evidence to work on, but are asking any witnesses to provide answers.

“We shouldn’t have a mother buried in the ground,” Yosef said. “We shouldn’t have a mother whose child will be without her for all these years.”

A reward of up to $15,000 is being offered to anyone who can provide information that will lead to an arrest in the case.

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