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Mother of slain nursing student arrested after police encounter at U of C Hospital

Posted On: Feb 27, 2020   |   Posted By: WGN TV

CHICAGO - The family of Jaya Beemon, an 18-year-old nursing student who was killed inside a South Side convenience store Tuesday, say their grief was compounded when her mother was arrested by Chicago police.
Beemon was one of five people shot inside Ali's Minimart on 79th and Avalon around 5 p.m. Tuesday. Police said three men approached the convenience store and began firing into the market from outside.
Police believe the gunmen were targeting an unnamed boy when they reportedly fired 20 rounds into the store. The intended target was not injured, but police say two women who were with him were wounded. Three other victims, including Jaya and her boyfriend, were innocent bystanders. She was pronounced dead on the scene.
Jaya's mother Nyisha Beemon said her grief was compounded when she was arrested and charged after breaking down while viewing her daughter's body.
"I passed out when I saw my baby and they drug me out the hospital like a dog," Nyisha Beemon said.
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