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"She was a good student," Smith said. "She was a good girl."
Hall said that despite the overwhelming pain and shock his family is in, he wants others to know that the shooting is indicative of a larger problem with youth and violence. Police Chief Tim Dolan has said at least four boys, one as young as 12, were shot in the past several weeks on the North Side. None of the injuries was life-threatening.
And late Saturday, a 12-year-old boy was shot twice in the leg in the 800 block of 38th Street E. while on his way home from a convenience store, according to a police report.
Despite the shootings, police say criminal activity involving youths is down about 20 percent compared with this time last year. That doesn't comfort Hall, who holds onto the hope that Vernice will recover. She arrived at the hospital motionless but now moves her limbs when touched, he said.
"I've got a beautiful daughter," he said. "Star's gonna make it. I know she's gonna make it."
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