He testified to the Senate about pervasive gun violence. Then his niece and friend were shot
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CHICAGO — Ernest Willingham testified before the U.S. Senate last month about growing up in Chicago with gun violence literally surrounding him. His father, brother and cousin have all been shot and his best friend killed. He’s been to “more funerals than weddings,” he said. Now, a niece and another close friend have been shot since his June 15 testimony. The shootings have begun to feel like falling dominoes, Willingham said. “I feel bad that we have to experience these things at such a young age,” he told the Chicago Tribune last week. His niece was shot while sitting on the couch at home on...