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Brother of Chicago singer shot and killed

By Ben Marquis
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March 14, 2023

The brother of a prominent entertainer from Chicago, Illinois, was shot and killed last week.

Mark Richmond, the sibling of singer and social media influencer KeiyaA, was shot along with another man on Tuesday, March 7, according to CBS News.

Singer's brother killed

The sad news was first shared by KeiyaA herself in a social media post on Thursday, March 9, two days after the incident.

The grieving artist wrote, "My brother was killed. he was 24. he was filming a music video with his friends."

CBS News initially reported last Tuesday that two men, both aged 24, had been shot around 5:45 pm on South Kingston Ave. in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood.

Both men were transported at that time to the University of Chicago Hospital and were listed in critical condition.

Unfortunately, while the other unnamed victim appears to have survived his gunshot wound thus far, Richmond died later at the hospital, per the CBS News update that reported the deceased's family connection to the singer.

The incident remains under investigation at this time and no known suspect has been identified.

More than a dozen shootings each over past two weekends

Meanwhile, local ABC affiliate WLS reported on Monday that there were at least 13 people shot in Chicago over the weekend, though it does not appear that any of those shootings were immediately fatal.

The oldest victim was a 62-year-old man who was grazed by a bullet while driving in a vehicle around 2:30 am Saturday, while the youngest victim was a 17-year-old teen who was shot around 7:00 pm Saturday night.

During the prior weekend, according to a March 6 report from WLS, 17 people were shot, including four fatally.

The youngest fatality in that weekend's shootings was a 17-year-old who suffered multiple rounds to the chest around 10:00 pm on Sunday night, while the oldest fatality was a 37-year-old man who was found dead inside a residence around 9:00 pm on Friday night with a gunshot wound to the head.

Shootings and firearm homicides down so far in comparison to last year

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, there have now been at least 100 fatal shootings in Chicago this year as of Tuesday morning.

The outlet has compiled and maintained the database on a daily basis using local news reports plus information from law enforcement agencies and the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office and has attempted to place the name and age of each victim as well as a link to a news report of their death.

Local PBS affiliate WTTW reported on March 1 that, in comparison to the same time frame in years past, both shootings and homicides in Chicago had declined to the lowest levels since 2019.

By the end of February, there had been at least 300 shootings across the city so far in 2023, down 9 percent from 2022, with 79 shooting homicides, down 14 percent from the prior year.

The outlet further noted that, according to the Chicago Police Department, at least 1,769 firearms had been recovered off the streets by law enforcement for an average of 29 seized guns every day.