CHICAGO (CBS) — The mother of a 19-year-old woman gunned down in the west side Austin neighborhood is making an emotional plea to the killer.

WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Roberts reports.

Ashley Hardmon had just finished Job Corps training as a pharmacy technician. On Tuesday night, a gunman fired into the crowd in which she was standing, killing her with a wound to the head.

Standing in front of the family home, at 4931 W. Kamerling Ave., Ashley’s mother, Tiffany Hardmon, called on the killer to turn himself in.

“You have no idea what you did to my soul,” she said. “I carried her for nine months. She was mine. And who were you to take her from me?”

Her uncle, Pastor Anderson Hardmon, prayed with the family and with the mothers of a handful of other shooting victims who gathered at the Hardmon home.

He said the shooter will pay, either here or in the afterlife. Another minister called the gunman a coward.

Area Central police detectives continue to seek the killer.

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