Posted 113 days ago
Yesterday, Pastor Corey Brooks learned of an eight-year-old girl who was shot in Chicago. This shooting came after a week where six kids were killed within a 24 hour period. The pastor recorded this video while the eight-year-old girl was in surgery. He later learned that she tragically did not make it.
What follows has been lightly edited. We strongly encourage you to watch the accompanying video so you may hear the pastor in his own words.
I just learned that over an hour ago, an eight-year-old girl was shot in the head. She's in surgery now fighting for her life, and the question is, is there any hope for Chicago?
This past Tuesday, six children were shot within 24 hours. In an earlier Rooftop Revelation, I said it was five kids when it was actually six. Is there any hope for Chicago?
The chaos, the lawlessness is so bad in Chicago that the criminals openly mock our police and our city leaders, and even our governor. Two criminals broke into two stores and stole the cash registers. They took out the cash and they drove over to Governor Pritzker's home in Chicago, and you know what they did? They left the empty registers on his front lawn. If that isn't a message that the criminals are running the city, I don't know what is. Then you know what they did? Those same criminals, right after they did that, they joined other criminals and began to rob other stores. Is there any hope for Chicago?
I'm going to tell you something. I usually am mild-mannered and even-keeled, but this wave of violence I'm telling you, it infuriates me. It just infuriates me.
I've been working to counter this violence and despair for so long through Project H. O.O.D. and my community center that's housed on the second floor of our church. And before we started, this very area was ranked as the most dangerous neighborhood in all of Chicago. Now, because of our work, it doesn't even make the list. You know why? Because we gave people in our community the most valuable thing you can give anyone: hope.
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