Chicago Mother Who Lost 2 Sons in 2 Years to Gun Violence says ‘The Devil Is Very Busy’

© AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File In this Monday, July 7, 2014, file photo, Chicago police display some of the nearly 3,400 illegal firearms the have confiscated so far last year in their battle against gun violence during a news conference in Chicago…
© AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File In this Monday, July 7, 2014, file photo, Chicago police display some of the nearly 3,400 illegal firearms the have confiscated so far last year in their battle against gun violence during a news conference in Chicago…

Jutuan Brown gathered her three surviving children Sunday afternoon and told them – for the second time in two years – that an older brother had been shot to death. 

“You live, you gotta die. But it’s just the way that my kids are leaving here, you know? Gunshots,” Brown said Tuesday. “That’s hard. Very hard. Especially for a single parent. I told them before we left what had happened, and they was just staring at each other like, what are we gonna do now?”

Her oldest son, Timothy Triplett, 20, was found with gunshot wounds in a parkway on the 3500 block of West Flournoy Street in the East Garfield Park neighborhood Sunday afternoon.

How he came to be shot is not clear. Brown found out when her brother called.

“He told me was going to the hospital or the area where he was supposed to have been got shot at and he was supposed to let me know,” Brown said. “He proceeded to do that and called me back and said he was on his way to Mount Sinai. And they was working on him. Unfortunately he didn’t come through it.”

Triplett left behind three young children.

Brown got a similar call two years ago after police shot and killed her 16-year-old son Tywon Jones in the Lawndale neighborhood. Police said the boy had been shooting at a crowd from his bicycle, and then at police, when officers returned fire and killed him.

“He was bipolar, depressed,” Brown said at the time. “He took medication for it. He was sad sometimes, too sad, sometimes too happy.”

A year later, Brown moved back to Milwaukee, where she had lived from 2006 to 2009, with her three younger children, now 17, 14 and 10.

“Everybody took it hard,” she said of her son’s death in 2013. “Everybody took it hard. But Tim still managed to graduate high school with honors, and he proceeded to go to college, had a job. He was still on point.”

Brown didn’t get a chance to see Tywon before he died but identified his body at Mount Sinai. After her older son was shot, Brown said she couldn’t bring herself to see the body. She did not want to disturb the image she had of him.

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Source: Chicago Tribune | Peter Nickeas

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