Mom of 7-year-old boy shot dead in Roseland says ‘I can’t even function’

CHICAGO — The mother of a 7-year-old boy who was wounded on his way to church on Sunday spoke Monday as her son remains hospitalized.

“I cry all day. I can’t even function,” Keshawana Barr told WGN News. “I can’t do anything right now.”

Speaking to WGN News, Keshawana Barr momentarily walked away from her son’s bedside at Comer Children’s Hospital after a nearly four-hour operation. Doctors placed bars and plates in his shattered femur and repaired the damage caused by a bullet on Sunday as the family went to church.

“As we pulled up, I just noticed a man walking through my grandmother’s car,” Barr said.

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Barr’s grandmother works at Universal Community Missionary Baptist Church, so she says her family was unnerved by what she saw.

Keshawana Barr (Photo/WGN)

“We both just assumed someone took something out of their car,” Barr said. “We didn’t know he was robbing the car.”

Barr said they turned to park and the man moved.

“He pulled out this really big gun and just started shooting at our car,” she said. “I just saw a whole lot of blood.”

Her 7-year-old son Legend was hit in the thigh. Barr’s husband, mother and other children, ages six, three and one, were in the car but were not injured.

“Everyone was screaming and crying,” said the grieving mother. “I immediately used one phone to call 911 and my other phone to my grandmother who was at church and from there I was panicking and freaking out.”

Barr’s husband was behind the wheel and drove the family a half-mile to Roseland Community Hospital. The family says no one has gotten out of their car by then. But the police tell a different version of the events leading up to the shooting.

“You tried to follow this person. As soon as he got out of the car, he turned and opened fire,” Deputy Police Commissioner Larry Snelling said.

Officers eventually arrested the suspect and said charges were pending.

Legend Bar can be seen in an undated photo provided by the family.

“Nobody was after him. Nobody knew what he was doing,” Barr said.

Barr says while she was in the hospital, she spent most of the day calling the police for updates on the alleged perpetrator, hoping justice would be served.

“I want to make sure he gets the time he needs to photograph a 7-year-old,” Barr said.

The mother said it could take a year for her son’s leg to heal. Also, it will be weeks before he can return to second grade. The Barr family started a GoFundMe to help with their mounting expenses. Mom of 7-year-old boy shot dead in Roseland says ‘I can’t even function’

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