Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Calls On ‘Coward’ Who Shot and Killed 11-Year-Old Takiya Holmes to Surrender to Authorities

Feb 14, 2017
Press Release
Policing is not enough; Chicago needs resources

CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement after learning of the passing of 11-year-old Takiya Holmes who was struck in the head by a bullet while sitting in her family’s minivan in the city’s Parkway Gardens community. She was one of two preteen girls who were struck by random gunfire this past weekend within moments of each other:

“I offer condolences, prayer and support to the family of this beautiful child whose life was stolen from her by the act of a coward. I am as outraged as I am saddened that we are living at a time when lives are devalued and where citizens resort to guns rather than meaningful conflict resolution.

“What has happened to Taykia, and Kanari Gentry-Bowers, should never happen in any civilized society. And yet, we have been here before, time and time again. People who are living and working in the most distressed parts of Chicago are under siege. They are in need of immediate local, state and federal resources, including access to social services, mental health, housing, violence prevention and health care. But citizens also need jobs, access to capital, education and trades programs as well as equal opportunity and equal protection under the law. Without these additional resources no policing strategy will prevent these types of random or premeditated acts from happening.

“I am calling on the coward who killed Takiya to find the moral courage and surrender to authorities. I am calling on the individual who has wounded Kanari to understand the trauma and devastation you have caused and turn yourself in.

“Our city cannot not withstand any more of these deaths.”