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‘Staunch advocate’ for mental health patients fatally shot outside Brickyard Mall was domestic violence sufferer, officials say – Chicago Tribune

Charges have been pending Thursday for an individual who’s in police custody after a deadly taking pictures outside the Brickyard Mall that left a 47-year-old “beloved” mental health skilled at Cermak Health Services useless, authorities stated.

Jennifer Hamilton, 47, was shot and killed Wednesday at about 9:30 a.m. outside the Brickyard Mall, within the 6500 block of West Diversey Avenue, stated Chicago police and her union, SEIU Local 73.

Charges have been nonetheless pending for the suspect, who’s a “known offender,” stated Officer Michelle Tannehill, a spokeswoman for Chicago police.

According to Ald. Gilbert Villegas, thirty sixth, whose ward covers the taking pictures scene, which is a Target parking zone, the taking pictures was domestic in nature.

Hamilton was outside when the assailant approached her and commenced to fireplace photographs in her route, in keeping with Tannehill.

Hamilton, who died of a number of gunshot wounds, was pronounced useless at 10:20 a.m. at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, in keeping with the Cook County health worker’s office, which dominated her dying a murder.

Villegas harassed the necessity for the neighborhood to inform authorities in the event that they see indicators of domestic violence.

Hamilton, who was “beloved by her coworkers,” was a union steward for SEIU Local 73 and labored as a mental health specialist at Cermak Health Services, situated on the campus of the Cook County Jail, in keeping with a press release from union President Dian Palmer.

“Our union is devastated over the tragic loss of our dear member and union steward Jennifer Hamilton,” stated Palmer’s assertion.

“For the past four years, Jennifer was a staunch advocate for her patients and for her union sisters and brothers. Jennifer had a sincere passion for her work in mental health. When you spoke with her, you understood her commitment to providing the best care possible for her patients, before and throughout the pandemic,” Palmer stated within the assertion.

“Her tragic death will be felt by everyone whose lives she touched.”

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