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Mar 24, 2013
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I put this in the history forum because it's not exactly a current event. Just wanted to stimulate a conversation about what we can really do, or what we should do if anything about gangs. Gang violence in general terrorizing neighborhoods. I don't know if this story is gang related but it's the kind of thing that happens all the time with gangs and it's getting worse...this boy's killer was never caught...

AUSTIN — Despite a shooting that left him paralyzed, Keith Cunningham's personality never changed.
"He was a good kid, liked to laugh all the time," his mother, Maxine Cunningham said, smiling. "[He was] kind of bossy. He sometimes thought he was my daddy."
Keith Cunningham died Friday in what authorities classified a homicide. Cunningham, 36, died from sepsis after a bullet to the neck from a 1993 shooting left him a quadriplegic. Cunningham was pronounced dead at 9:20 p.m. Friday at a nursing home in the city's Uptown neighborhood, according to the medical examiner's office.
Maxine Cunningham said her son was "kind-hearted," especially to his 11-year-old niece.
"Anything his niece wanted, he would try [to get it,]" she said. "He would get his check, and he would say, 'Momma, go buy her a pair of gym shoes.'"
Keith Cunningham, then 16 years old, was standing with friends on the front porch of a Humboldt Park home when two gunman began firing at them. Cunningham was hit in the neck and the back.
Cunningham's mother, Maxine Cunningham said she was told the shooting was a case of mistaken identity.
Following the shooting, Maxine Cunningham said her son spent a year in Michigan at a rehabilitation center and another few years living at a rehabilitation center here in Chicago. In 1997, he moved back to his home for good, where Maxine Cunningham took care of him until he had a string of health problems beginning in January of 2012.
Maxine Cunningham said her son's health began to deteriorate in January 2012 with complaints of stomach pain. She said doctors told her it was a kidney infection. She said Keith Cunningham had been in and out of the hospital and nursing home ever since.
Maxine Cunningham did not have a strong reaction to the news that her son's death was attributed to the shooting. She said she believes her son's shooter is also dead.
Maxine Cunningham said about a year after her son was shot she heard "through the grapevine" that the man responsible had been killed.
"I would have felt better if they would have caught him and put him in jail," she said.


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