Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Statement on the Shooting Death of Xavier Joy

Jun 9, 2017
Press Release

 “Words are too insufficient for the loss of life taking place in our city, Chicago. I am truly heartbroken to learn that my dear friend, Nykea Pippion-McGriff, lost her son, Xavier Joy.

“As the parent of a son who was also killed by gun violence, I can empathize with Nykea’s family and all the families across my district and the Nation who have experienced this tragedy. No parent should have to experience a loss such as this.

“Xavier recently returned home to serve his community. He was the type of young man that we all want our children to grow up to be and his life was taken while doing something so many Americans take for granted every day: returning home from work.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Nykea’s family and the families across America who mourn those lost to senseless violence.

“We deserve better. We are better.”