Mayor Lori Lightfoot called the women’s deaths “sad and horrifying.” [Heather Cherone/The Daily Line]

Mayor Lori Lightfoot called the shooting deaths of two women who volunteered for an anti-violence group that protected a corner in Auburn Gresham is “horrifying” — but should not deter Chicagoans from helping police fight crime.

“Today is a sad and devastating day,” Lightfoot said. “Sad and horrifying.” 

There is no evidence that 26-year-old Chantell Grant and 35-year-old Andrea Stoudemire were targeted by the shooters who fired from a car that drove by 75th Street and Stewart Avenue around 10 p.m. Monday night, Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said. The intended target was a man who was recently released from prison and was wounded in the incident.

“It is critically important that we continue to push forward anyway,” Lightfoot said. “If we let people who don’t care about the sense of community, about civility, about the consequences of gun violence push us into the shadows and push us into our homes for fear of what will happen, we will never get a head of this tide. The Police Department can not fight this fight alone.”

Both women volunteered with Mothers Against Senseless Killings, whose members have sat on the corner every day during the summers since 2015 in a bid to stop shootings in the area. They often bring out neighborhood children, playing games and hosting barbecues.

An online fundraiser launched by group founder Tamar Manasseh to raise a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the shooters brought in nearly $10,000 by early Tuesday afternoon.

“We have nothing to suggest they were targeted because of their work with MASK,” Johnson said, adding that Chicagoans should not allow criminals to “hold us hostage.”

After 2 Moms Killed On Corner Patrolled By Anti-Violence Group, Women Demand Justice: ‘They Came For All Of Us’ [Block Club Chicago]

Block Club Chicago’s Kelly Bauer contributed to this story.