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2 Children Shot, 1 Fatally, On Far South Side

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2 Children Shot, 1 Fatally, On Far South Side 2 Boys On Bikes Opened Fire On Group Of Girls Jumping Rope In numSlides of totalImages Two little girls who were outside jumping rope on a warm summer night are the latest victims of senseless gun violence in Chicago. One of them, an 8-year-old, is now dead. Her 7-year-old cousin is in critical condition. It happened in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side before dusk Tuesday night. Witnesses say two males rode up on bicycles and opened fire on a group of children who were outside playing. Family members of the little girl who was killed say they have lived in their home for decades and are at a loss to make sense of this tragedy. Tanaja's father says he can't understand how anyone could shoot at a group of little girls. "My baby was so smart and she was so happy, and she just loved me to death," said Charles Stokes, Tanaja's father. "All the violence out here and the shootings going on out here, it just needs to stop. People need to come to an agreement and just stop. People are dying. Innocent kids are dying for no reason." A shrine of teddy bears is now on the porch outside the home near 107th and Indiana where the girls were shot. Tanaja Stokes, 8, and about 10 other children were outside at 8 p.m. One minute they were playing and jumping rope. The next, they were dodging gunfire. Both girls were shot in the head. Tanaja died at the scene. "I heard gunshots and I ran outside to see if all the kids was OK. When I came out, she was laying there," said Justin Wise, the victim's cousin. "I tried to come and knock all the kids to the ground," said another cousin, Amos Wise. "And before I got over here to make them get on the ground, my little cousin, I just saw her body drop." "They took that baby's life, right in front of me last night. Right in front of me. She didn't deserve it," said Keauna Wise, Tanaja's cousin.

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