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CHICAGO (WLS) -- A 9-year-old boy was shot and killed Friday night in the Cabrini Green neighborhood on the city's Near North Side, Chicago police said.

The child was identified as Janari Andre Ricks, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Police said at around 6 p.m. in the 900-block of North Cambridge Avenue, a shooter approached the victim and several other people outside and opened fire in their direction.

Police said the boy was playing in a parking lot not far from his home at the time of the shooting.

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Chicago police give an update on the 9-year-old boy shot and killed on the Near North Side Friday night.



The boy was struck multiple times, including in the chest. The first responding officers performed CPR until the Chicago Fire Department arrived. The boy was then taken to Lurie Children's Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"It's just crazy. My boy, he's gone; that was my inspiration, that was my truth," Janari's father Raymond Ricks said. "He wanted to play basketball. He was just a basketball fanatic."

He can't believe his son Janari is gone.

"I'd rather it be me than him," Raymond said.

He was on his way to Atlanta when his child was killed.

"He was going to get a game controller and go back in the house to play the game," Raymond said. "I honestly don't know what happened."

Police said the boy was not the intended target, and that it's not clear at this time who exactly the shooter was aiming at.

While community activist Andrew Holmes urges the shooter to turn himself in, there's a $4,000 reward being offered for information leading to the arrest of the gunman.

"I'm reaching out to his mother, his father, his family. Turn your loved one in because, guess what, this king is gone. This baby is gone," Holmes said.

Raymond said he always wanted a son. He even picked out Janari's name before he was born.

The rising fourth-grader turned 9 this January and always got good grades.

He wanted to play professional basketball and was an inspiration to other neighborhood kids.

So as a father mourns a son now gone, through his pain Raymond wants the violence that claimed his son's life to end.

"Don't pull that trigger; there's innocent people behind that. You feel me. You're hurting someone that ain't got nothing to do with it," he said.

Meanwhile, the community is coming together to support the 9-year-old's family, holding vigil not only to celebrate Janari's life, but to plead for the violence to end.

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Chicago police said a 9-year-old boy was shot and killed in the city's Near North Side neighborhood Friday night.



One father said he's struggling to find the right words to help his son cope with losing a friend to gun violence.

"What can I say? It is senseless. Look at the kids we have to look out for," family friend Kevin Dunn said. "This is our future. What else can be said? I am tired of losing our kids. We are tired."

Another activist agreed.

"The community can no longer hide them or cover them," said Wallace "Gator" Bradley, with United in Peace. "They got to kick them out."

A new group of kids is traumatized by the gun violence in Chicago, letting go of balloons to honor their friend while carrying the weight of loss in their hearts for the rest of their lives.

"No words can explain this," Dunn said.

When a 9 year olds life is ended by a bullet, we must all be outraged. These deaths are not mere statistics. And prayers alone will not sooth a broken heart.

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) August 1, 2020

While our City has made progress in reducing violence in recent weeks, all of that is lost when we lose another child to gun violence.

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) August 1, 2020

We must and will hold those responsible for this shooting accountable. I ask all residents with information on this incident to submit a tip anonymously at https://t.co/JVXGpQxj99.

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) August 1, 2020

No one is currently in custody, according to Chicago police.

Area Three detectives are investigating and looking for any video in the area that may have captured the shooting. Any tips can be called in anonymously to Chicago police.

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Rep. Green Introduces Bill to Open Federal Reserve Board Meetings Once More

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U.S. Rep. Dr. Mark Green wants the governing board of the Federal Reserve to resume meeting in public to comply with the Sunshine Act.

The CARES Act has allowed the board of governors to meet in secret for the most part, Green said. So, he and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI-02) this week introduced the Federal Reserve Sunshine Act, HR 8007, to make the board transparent once again.

Tracking information on the act is available here.

Green tweeted, “The CARES Act cast a veil of secrecy over the @federalreserve, dissolving crucial transparency provisions. That’s why @TulsiPress and I introduced the bipartisan Federal Reserve Sunshine Act, to reinstate transparency at the Fed.”

The CARES Act cast a veil of secrecy over the @federalreserve, dissolving crucial transparency provisions.

Thats why @TulsiPress and I introduced the bipartisan Federal Reserve Sunshine Act, to reinstate transparency at the Fed:https://t.co/hCiY8eoOUp

— Rep. Mark Green (@RepMarkGreen) August 13, 2020

He also said, “The CARES Act allows the Chairman of the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors to conduct any board meeting without complying with the Government in the Sunshine Act, as long as it’s determined in writing that ‘unusual and exigent circumstances’ exist. This means that the Fed does not have to announce its meetings, and it absolves the board of the requirement to keep minutes of its meetings or most records about them.”

Gabbard said, “Responding to this global pandemic requires a massive commitment of resources to provide assistance to the American people during this crisis. Unfortunately, the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors is able to avoid complying with existing transparency laws as they oversee $450 billion in taxpayer funds provided by the CARES Act in loans and other financial assistance.

Their bill has received endorsements from government transparency advocates including the Project on Government Oversight, FreedomWorks, Demand Progress, and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

Tim Stretton, policy analyst with the Project on Government Oversight, said, “For decades now, it has been apparent that the Federal Reserve operates with too much opacity and secrecy. Furthermore, the recently passed CARES Act exempted the Federal Reserve from some of the law’s broad public transparency measures, giving the Fed the option to blindfold the electorate and the media.

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