Shooting victim's mother speaks out against city's violence

Sheila Dunlop spoke through her grief Tuesday.
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Through tremendous heartache and grief, the mother of the city's latest homicide victim is talking publicly about the violence in our city.

Community leaders would love to see both community centers packed with people to talk about what it's going to take to stop the violence. The citywide conversations come as a grieving mother talked about her son's Memorial Day murder.

Nineteen-year-old Christopher Pippen is the 58th person murdered in the Circle City this year. He was suppose to visit his mother on Memorial Day and she was counting on seeing him.

"He said, 'I promise, Momma,' but he never made it. I didn't even get to tell my baby bye," said Sheila "Miss Cricket" Dunlop.

Metro police officers found Pippen shot to death in the 400 block of North Denny Street. Paramedics rushed a second man to the hospital.

Dunlop said she learned of the shooting on her way to a family barbecue. When she arrived on the scene, she could only throw her arms up in disbelief.

"I didn't believe it. I was in shock. I just kept screaming, 'No! Not my baby!'," she said. "I still didn't believe it until they showed me the picture. I felt it in my heart, but I didn't believe it until the coroner showed me the picture."

Pictures and memories are all the dead teenager's mother is holding onto right now. She's urging other mothers to take heed as they search for ways to give her youngest child a proper burial.

"These are things you think you can put off until tomorrow. You can't," Dunlop said. "Because I don't want nobody to hurt like this. I don't want anybody to go through the pain of losing your baby."

The first community meeting was held Tuesday afternoon. The second starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Forest Manor Multi-Services Center on East 38th Street.