Kia Aldridge registered her child at school on Friday afternoon. She wasn't aware she'd be the subject of national headlines just hours later. She wasn't aware that her short life would stand as an example for what is a clear failure in the criminal justice system here in Chicago. Her life was cut short by gunfire from two convicted felons who were both out on parole.
One of whom was on his daily break from an electronic monitoring bracelet. This reprehensible act of violence is the example of why we need to change the way we treat habitual offenders in the city of Chicago. When will enough be enough? This tragedy isn't just noteworthy because Ms. Aldridge has a famous family member.
It's noteworthy because these two offenders are the prime example of the challenge we face here in Chicago with repeat gun offenders that don't care who they shoot. Don't care whose life they take. And clearly, clearly don't fear the consequences of their actions.