CHICAGO (CBS) – Cook County Chairman of the Board Toni Preckwinkle joins the family of a woman who was lost to gun violence last Friday to call for justice.
49-year-old Tamiko Talbert was shot and killed at 77 and Artesian while on her way to work.
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Preckwinkle and other officials are asking Wednesday morning for any information about the shooting and are calling for investment in local-controlled gun violence prevention and other programs to keep tensions off the streets.
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Talbert’s husband Alfonso was one of the speakers, recalling his last conversation with her and recounting that moment that day.
“Friday morning, at 4 o’clock, and I was leaving just outside the house, my wife kissed me and we both said at the same time honey, I love you, I’ll talk to you later. It was not 15 minutes later, her client called to me.I said I called you by accident, she had 20 missed calls on my phone.And the first thing I said was that you should have called … she said no Alfonso, your wife has just been shot, “he said.
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Preckwinkle says that by 2021, there were more than 1,000 homicides in Cook County, and 23 percent of them were women – double the year before.