In light of Adam Toledo's death, Little Village parents speak on loss of young life in community

Two mothers are sharing their loss and concern about the young lives being taken in the Little Village community in light of Adam Toledo's death.

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MAKI CAMACHO: Whoever Adam was, at the end of the day it's a 13-year-old boy shot and killed. That's it. That's it. Background, no background, doesn't matter. A 13-year-old boy shot and killed.

YUKARE NAKAYAMA: In the last couple of weeks, the Toledo family has joined a group of mothers, fathers, and siblings in Little Village who grieve the loss of a loved one taken by gun violence.

CATALINA ANDRADE: It's just sad that our kids are taking-- they're taking our kids. Our kids should be free to be everywhere they want in our city. This is a beautiful city.

YUKARE NAKAYAMA: Last summer, Catalina Andrade lost her 18-year-old son, Miguel Angel Rios, after he was shot during a robbery. She and several other families have formed a support group that meets weekly at La Villita Community Church.

MAKI CAMACHO: There's an immense need for families that have lost their loved ones, especially sons and daughters.

YUKARE NAKAYAMA: Maki Camacho is a social worker and support group leader. She says the group was created last summer out of necessity. Camacho says she has counseled over 30 grieving parents at a time.

The amount of parents that you see every Monday here at the church, what does that say about the issue of gun violence and the loss of teen life here in Little Village?

MAKI CAMACHO: I mean, it is a pandemic in the community.

CATALINA ANDRADE: You see other parents and you realize that it's not only you. There's a lot of parents out there suffering the same as me.

YUKARE NAKAYAMA: And for some, the suffering is made worse by the wait for justice. Maria Monroy's daughter, Angie, was shot and killed while walking home from work in 2019.

MARIA MONROY: [SPEAKING SPANISH]

INTERPRETER: Right now, there has been no justice for my daughter. And I'd like to know how long I'll have to wait to see justice.

YUKARE NAKAYAMA: Andrade and Monroy say they'll continue to share the memories of their children as they work to heal from their loss.

In Little Village, Yukare Nakayama, ABC7 Eyewitness News.