Vince Carter, who coaches the Chicago Demons, a youth traveling team that Edward Bryant played for, told me that the Bryant twins were standing on a corner not far from Wrigley Field around 3:15 a.m. (The Cubs had lost a World Series game that night.) Although the hour was late, the neighborhood was relatively safe. They were gunned down in a drive-by shooting. The killers have not been apprehended, and no one has any idea what the motive might be — if there even is a motive.
Eleven years earlier, Shawn Harrington’s mother had been killed when she mistakenly walked into a house that was being robbed. “That was a rough patch,” he recalled. “I donated mom’s organs, which helped three people. God was preparing me for this.” By “this,” Harrington was referring to his own shooting. One of his daily rituals was driving his daughter, Naja, to high school. Early one morning in late January in 2014, with Harrington’s car in a repair shop, they set out together in a rented white sedan. At the corner of Augusta Boulevard and Hamlin Avenue, in the West Side neighborhood of Humboldt Park, a shooting had just taken place involving a white sedan. When Harrington and Naja drove into that same intersection, the men who had been shooting at the other white sedan opened fire, thinking it was the same car.
Friedell: From the first time we talked, you always talked about how much you loved Chicago and how you wanted the player to bring a title back to the city. Has your love for the city and wanting to be that guy changed at all over all this time? Rose: Never. Never. I can’t get mad about people’s opinions, I always say that. That’s their opinion. They got every right to say or think whatever they want to say and think. And whatever they say and think don’t affect my life. I don’t live in that world where I’m on social media, I don’t got social media. Or I’m reading articles [about my game], so it’s like I hear stuff by word of mouth a couple of days after so it never gets to me. So I can’t get mad about what they say.
Be Creative is “a $38 million private fundraising initiative, built on the fundamental principle that the arts are essential to education.” Since they both have a background in the arts and understand the importance of arts education, Noah and his mother decided to join Be Creative as honory chairs. “I’ve experienced firsthand the impact activities like sports and arts can have – how an emphasis on arts education can encourage kids to gain confidence, think outside of the box and embrace creativity,” said Noah in a release. “We are fortunate that initiatives like Be Creative exist to make sure students aren’t left out of these experiences.”