South Side community activist who survived shooting in the head killed in West Pullman

CHICAGO – Family and friends of a 20-year-old South Side community activist shot and killed gathered Friday at St. Sabina to commemorate her life.

LaNiyah Murphy was known as a shining star and gifted community activist who miraculously survived a shooting in the back of his head in 2018.

She was shot and killed Tuesday night in West Pullman.

“She was so beautiful and precious and sweet,” Pam Bosley said with Purpose Over Paid. “It breaks my heart to stand here and talk about LaNiyah in the past.”

Former Perspective High School teacher Monica Conner remembered the first day she met the passionate young student – who graduated at the top of her class as she struggled to recover from being shot.

“I could only think, ‘my God, she’s a walking miracle, and God has planned something for her life,’ Conner said.

While working on her bachelor’s degree at Governor’s State University, she became a youth leader in the BRAVE program – an acronym for Bold Resistance Against Violence.

“To the gunman who shot and killed Murphy Tuesday night near 122nd and Wallace, we will not allow you to continue to terrorize our community and kill our children – we have lost too much,” said Father Michael Pfleger.

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