“Delmonte was a young man committed to ending the violence,” says Congresswoman Robin Kelly
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly released this statement on the murder of Delmonte Johnson, 19, of the South Side:
“Like so many in our community, I was heartbroken to learn of Delmonte Johnson’s murder. Through Good Kids, Mad Cities, I’ve witnessed the difference that Delmonte and his friends sought to make in our community. He was a young man in the prime of his life. His life’s work was to make our city better.
Less than two weeks ago, Delmonte participated in the inaugural Kelly Klassic basketball tournament, where we came together to foster community spirit and together stand up against the crisis of gun violence.
Our community has lost a rising star. Delmonte was a good kid – like so many other good kids we’ve lost in the Chicagoland area. We’ll remember him as an activist, an advocate and the young man who excelled at basketball and loved to dance. We’ve lost a friend and a son; his loss robs our community of another great person.
My prayers are with Delmonte’s friends and family. My passion remains in honoring his work and quest to stop gun violence. I will add his name and story to the permanent Congressional Record and it is my hope that his example will serve as a stark reminder to my colleagues that enough is enough. It’s time that they get off the sidelines and commit to commonsense laws that end the violence plaguing our families and communities.”
Her video message is available here.