Moments after two young sisters had gotten into their car seats Sunday afternoon, gunshots rang out. There was chaos and confusion all around, but in the backseat of their parents’ vehicle, the two girls, ages 6 and 7, clung to one another, a relative said.
“They were hugging,” said Regina Broughton, paternal grandmother of Serenity Broughton, 7, who was fatally shot and her little sister, Aubrey, 6, who was wounded. “When they separated and pulled apart, there was blood on both of them.”
Serenity Broughton had been shot in the chest, a bullet clipping her heart, her grandmother said. A bullet also hit Aubrey in the chest, rupturing her lung, Broughton said.
“Aubrey, the bullet ruptured her lung and she had to be intubated,” Regina Broughton said. “Serenity’s injury was fatal. The bullet pierced her heart — she didn’t have a chance.”
The children had been sitting in the vehicle around 2:50 p.m. near their maternal grandmother’s house in the 6200 block of West Grand Avenue in Belmont Central on the Northwest Side. They were rushed to Loyola University Medical Center, where Aubrey Broughton has since been stabilized and moved to the pediatric unit.
“She’s in a lot of pain. They’re keeping her mildly sedated,” said Regina Broughton, who was on the phone with other relatives in the hospital room Sunday night when medical staff was “adjusting the tubes” on the small girl.
“I did hear her speak, which was reassuring, except she was crying out that it hurt,” her grandmother said.
Serenity Broughton was a natural redhead with a radiant smile who “liked everything,” and who would have been starting the first grade at the end of the month.
“She was vibrant. She was inquisitive and very, very intelligent. She was just a bright child, a bright spirit. She took to people, she would talk to everyone. I’d tell her, ‘Don’t talk to strangers,’ but she was always so open, bubbly and welcoming to anyone she came across. Everyone gravitated to her,” Regina Broughton said.
To Aubrey, though, Serenity was simply known as “Honey.” Aubrey had always overheard relatives using the word as a term of endearment and grew up thinking it was her big sister’s name, Regina Broughton said with a short laugh.
“She asked me today where is she and why hasn’t she come to see her,” Regina Broughton shared. “‘Where is Honey?’”
The 6-year-old — who shared a bunk bed with her big sister, in part because she’s afraid of the dark — was asking about her sister visiting because her family wants to consult with an expert about the best time and method of delivering the tragic news, especially because of Aubrey’s compromised physical state, her grandmother said.
Regina Broughton says she has two sons, including the girls’ father, and says she’s “beyond blessed” neither one ever ran with gangs or got into trouble. She said everyone is having a hard time understanding how something like this could happen so randomly.
“So just for someone to do this to these babies, you think about the people who are capable of such a thing. I wonder, what type of animal lives inside of people?” she said. “Because that’s what you’d have to be, an animal. What type of animal could do this?”
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“I wonder, what type of animal lives inside of people?”
A Hateful, self-righteous, demonic Democrat.
Right Scruffy, when it comes to Democrats, for enough power and money, they would roast their entire families on a spit over a fire. They are a disease that sorely needs to be eradicated. I used to be a soldier, a long time ago and I’m really tired of waiting for this “Civil” war the Democrats want so much—-It will surely lead to their end.
All too true. I’ve yet to see a single ‘animal’, who i ever knew was a “Republican voter”… SO BY DEFAULT they must all be demonrat voters.
The same type that is threatening Americans lives, livelihoods and safety, oh and occupies our whitehouse.
“She asked me today where is she and why hasn’t she come to see her,” Regina Broughton shared. “‘Where is Honey?’” That is heartbreaking. There is a scar and an emptiness there that will never go away.
“So just for someone to do this to these babies, you think about the people who are capable of such a thing. I wonder, what type of animal lives inside of people?” she said. “Because that’s what you’d have to be, an animal. What type of animal could do this?” Mrs Broughton—I understand your sentiment, but the animal kingdom is overtaking mankind in regards to sensitivity and common sense. Animals treat their young with far more caring—they are fiercely protective.
Criminals have gotten more hardened, especially in light of the current Liberal policies to sanction domestic terrorist groups and support rioting and violence as well as their efforts to reform and defund police departments. I see news clips all the time where babies only months old have been either abused or killed—often by their own parents or the partner of one of the parents.
This points out why the Liberal agenda is so dangerous to our society—our country. Stories like this should never come to light—they should never happen. May God heal the hearts and spirits of you and your family.
When you cease PUNISHING CRIME< this is what happens!
Where the **** did all this dust come from, it is raising hell with my allergies. Cant you see you socialist, marxist, democrats are doing this? These children are paying for your stupidity.
Evil is taking over this planet in the name of Lucifer! Humans are leaning away from God the Father! Repent your sins, love one another as our Lord Jesus Christ has loved us. Praise Jesus our Savior or all is lost.
ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING!! THESE GANG MEMBERS NEED TO BE ROUNDED UP AND PUT IN A CONFINEMENT FACILITY “TOGETHER AND LET THE ANIMALS KILL EACH OTHER!! They ARE DEVOID OF “A SOUL BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO CONSCIENCE! THEY ARE “THE WALKING DEAD!” I PRAY for that family, for HEALING !GOD catch these murders bring them to JUSTICE. AMEN
Why waste money housing them? AIR DROP THEM OVER the nearest shark infested waters.. AFTER chumiing it up first.
The question is why are Chicago & even citizens nation wide electing & allowing degenerate corrupt Dem Party political tyrants to enrich & protect themselves at taxpayer expense while they ignore the slaughter, rampant crime & mass destruction of their cities?
And the answer is “Freebies.”
Where is Da Mayor? Does Lightfoot have an answer, or comment, anything?
The animal is the city and state governments that release know criminals right back into society. I just read of a case happening in Chicago about this same time of a convicted illegal alien charge with possession of a firearm released his sentence being time already served. He’s back on the street, should have been depported, and probably has a new gun!
AND what’s the bet, he VOTED Last year too!
Long time ago we had cartel that shot a 4 yo and 8 yo on their knees in the back of the head execution style. A message to others selling poison to pay up. We don’t know if they shot them after the parents, or made the parents watch. All this on the side of a interstate highway. Which was good as it was Federal and the FBI went after them. They did catch them they were tried and they were both executed circa 2012. The children are in heaven and the parents are in hell with the executioners
But I remember when i first heard about the execution of a 4 yo on his knees. I said,”What kind of animal could do that”. Well it was a human animal, no other animal on earth is that cruel.
CLOSE THE BORDER OR JOIN THE ROMANS IN DEFEAT
For decades, we’ve heard of the DEPRAVITY THE LATINOS heap on one another, via these gangs and cartels.
SO I AGREE.. WHY SHOULD WE EVER LET THEM INTO our nation, bringing IN THEIR SICKNESS with them!!?
I escaped from Chicago 32 years ago to Colorado, but taking a SWAG, I’d say they were Black. Am I right or wrong?
Only a VERY EVIL animal or human, could shoot at 2 little innocent girls sitting in a car not bothering anyone !
As I said, they were black, but to put a finer point on it, males between the ages of 18-35.
With how young the gangs are getting, i’d reduce that to 14-35.
This happens when “animals” are allowed to run loose because the mayor wants to police defunded. Less police presence means more “animals” will be free to roam and Burn, Loot, Maim if you get my drift.
As i keep saying. TILL WE TREAT all these gangbanger scum, LIKE THE RABID ANIMALS THEY ACT LIKE< and exterminate them with extreme prejudice.. NOTHING WILL CHANGE in these cities.
Animals are made when the culture is all about violence and victimization.
“What kind of animal could do this?” Sadly Granma, it is YOUR people who do these things all the time, but YOUR people throw a fit when one of them is shot by police, and the politicians YOUR people support and vote for work hard to defund the police who defend YOU. Think about it.
Apparently all black lives do not matter.
I can’t even imagine the pain the family is going through right now. My heart cries for them that their precious darling child was stolen from them by those who don’t care about others. My deepest condolences.
No one should loose a child.
The only black lives that DO seem to matter, are the lives of CRIMINALS!
Secoriea Turner, Natalia Wallace, Mekhi James, Makelia Osorno, Jace Young, Elayna Saidee, Davon McNeal, Davell Gardner, LeGend Taliferro. All beautiful black babies who apparently didn’t matter to Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, et al. who were busy taking a knee to former career felon and junkie, George Floyd who has a monument in New York.
Defund the police around the nation and the thousands of “George Floyds” unhampered by law enforcement are on a crime spree. What was the question again?
AND was anyone here, SURPRISED that all this lawlessness is happening, ALL OVER OUR NATION???! I certainly am not.
What a shame. Yes, what kind of animal would something like this? Beautiful little girls.