Two Little Girls Were Shot the Same Day, and Their Stories Will Break Your Heart

When you think of a playground or basketball court, you think of children playing and laughing without a care in the world. Just having fun.

You don’t imagine bullets being fired. Twelve-year-old Kanari Gentry Bowers was playing basketball with a few classmates at an elementary school court in West Englewood, Chicago, when the sound of gunfire sent them running.

two tween girls shot playing
Credit: Facebook/ CBS Chicago

The tween girl couldn’t run – she was shot in the head.

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Maria Lianos Carbone

Maria Lianos-Carbone is owner of, a leading lifestyle blog for women. Her first book, "Oh Baby! A Mom's Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year" will be published Spring 2018. Follow Maria on Instagram @amotherworld.

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