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Victim's family questions CPD claim that crime is down

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Nineteen-year-old honor student Jeffrey Butler graduated from Simeon Career Academy in 2009. As an aspiring music artist and new father, he was working to save for college before he was shot several times while dropping off a friend in Englewood.

"They said if someone would have called the police, he would have been alive because he bled to death for six hours on the stairs," said Debra Butler, Jeffrey's mother.

It happened nearly three years ago and the case remains cold, but since Butler's death his mother has started the JXB Against Senseless Violence Foundation. The non-profit organization has a Facebook Page and promotes mentoring services for teens and adults.

While Chicago Police say crime is down, every murder is a tragic reminder for Debra Butler.

"I just can't believe that crime is down, it's not. Every day it's a shooting, every day somebody is dying, kids," said Butler in an interview with FOX 32's Tisha Lewis.

"Even when you hear that the numbers are down, it opens up a can of wounds again. It's opened that can right back up again because you're experiencing it all over again when you hear someone got shot today, tomorrow, you think about your own child that lost his life or her life to gun violence," said Andrew Holmes, a community activist.

Chicago Police say the city finished February down 38 percent in shooting incidents, down 40 percent in shooting victims, down 25 percent in murders and down 28 percent in overall crime compared to 2013.

"And that's mainly due to Chicago Police Department working in certain areas, the community coming together and not being afraid to call and give them the information," said Holmes.

Holmes has spent decades urging witnesses to come forward and was recently honored by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for his work.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy released a statement saying, "While Chicago has seen fewer murders, fewer shootings and less crime this year, there is much more work to be done. We will continue to implement a comprehensive strategy, putting additional officers in high-crime areas, using intelligence to prevent retaliatory gang shootings, moving officers from administrative positions back to the streets, and partnering with the community. Yet continuing to build on the progress we've made will become more challenging without better state and federal laws to keep illegal guns out of our communities and punish the criminals who carry them."

"Every day she comes when she's over here, she kisses him and she says grandma, he's up in heaven with God. When she says that it hurts a lot, she didn't get a chance to meet her father and that's the sad thing about it," said Butler.

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