Chicago: Woman killed by stray bullet while waiting in social distance line outside store

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Chicago, Illinois – Police in Chicago believe that a stray bullet took the life of a 27-year-old woman while she was adhering to social distancing mandates by waiting outside of a convenience store.

The woman’s father stated that the gravity of losing his daughter has not quite hit him yet.

On April 7th at approximately 8:00 p.m., Alexandria M. Baute was standing outside of a local 7-Eleven with one of her friends. At the time, there were other patrons inside of the convenience store, so the duo was forced to wait outside until the other customers inside had exited the establishment.

While waiting outside, Baute’s friend had turned away for a moment, and when he turned back around, he saw Baute on the ground. Reports say that when the friend went to turn Baute over, he saw blood coming from her mouth.

When first responders arrived at the scene, they attempted to resuscitate her, but their efforts were unsuccessful. Baute was then rushed over to the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 8:45 p.m. that evening.

Jeffrey Baute, the victim’s father, spoke with reporters about the sudden loss of his daughter:

“She was awesome. She was vibrant and happy. Full of life, independent and stubborn. She wanted to make people happy and to live life and to be happy.”

It’s hard to fathom what a parent must feel like when having to forever use the term “was” when speaking about their child. Jeffrey described his child as “vibrant” and reminisced on how she’d worked at a nearby bar and had even played bass in a band.

When the pandemic began hitting Chicago with business shutdowns, Alexandria had found herself laid off from work. She’d moved in with her father Jeffrey thereafter:

“We had a really nice time for two weeks.”

Her father stated that she really wanted to go back to her home. Being a good father, Jeffrey had helped get her resettled:

“So, I bought some food and brought her home. That was a few days ago. I talked to her every day. We always said good night.”

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With welled-up tears, her father knows that eventually the pain is going to sink in:

“I know it’s going to hit me. That the sweetest, kindest, nicest daughter that you could have. … I’m going to realize that she’s gone.”

The death of this woman comes on one of the deadliest days for the city of Chicago in almost two, with 8 homicides occurring on April 7th. Investigators don’t have any suspects at this time, but noted that there were 8 rounds reportedly discharged a few blocks from where Alexandria stood.

Losing a child, at any age, cannot be easy. 

We’d recently reported on a murder that left a family heartbroken and confused. 

A 7-year-old girl was brutally stabbed to death by a Somali national in the U.K. on March 22nd.  The girl was simply playing in the park when the attack occurred.

Considering the nationality of the suspect, it’s hardly surprising this murder has barely been covered in the media.

Emily Jones was with her father in the park on March 22nd, having a ride on her scooter when the unexpected attack happened. While little Emily was riding past a bench in the park, a 30-year-old Somali woman attacked the girl, stabbing her in the neck.

Rebecca Gardner, who serves as the police coroner’s officer, stated that Emily was rushed to the hospital, but the wounds were too great to save the young girl. The cause of her death was listed as “an incised wound of the neck.”

The unnamed suspect was reported as not knowing the little girl or her parents. She was later arrested for the alleged murder and was stated as being detained under the Mental Health Act.  

Alan Walsh, the Bolton Coroner’s Court acting senior coroner, was especially moved by the photos of the Emily that he received:

“I wish to say I have been truly touched by the photographs of Emily that have been sent to me. I send my heartfelt condolences to Emily’s family and friends, but particularly to her parents, who were present in the park and her father, who was nearby.”

With being a coroner, one has to become accustomed to seeing the aftermath of all sorts of deaths. Yet, this case troubled Walsh far more than any he’d encountered in his two decades as a coroner:

“In my 20 years as a coroner this is one of the most tragic deaths that I have dealt with and the loss of a beautiful, innocent, lively, intelligent and lovely seven-year-old in these circumstances is an unimaginable tragedy.”

One could only imagine what must be going through the parents’ heads in this time. The tragic loss is too much to consider already, but to be compounded by what would motivate someone to do this can make matters worse.

The parents of the slain girl released a statement about the loss of their daughter:

“We are beyond devastated that this random act of violence means that we will never get to see our beautiful little girl grow up into the wonderful young lady she was showing such promise of becoming.

It is truly heart breaking to wake up to a world without Emily in it and we cannot comprehend why this has happened.”

Emily’s parents fondly remember their daughter as someone with a “heart as big as her smile.” They spoke of her love for the outdoors, and her outgoing personality, likening her to that of a “social butterfly.”

Even during this tragedy, the young girl’s parents expressed gratitude toward the first responders who tried to save their daughter’s life:

“We would like to thank the members of the public that assisted us in the park and express our gratitude to the emergency services for doing their upmost to save Emily’s life.”

While the murder of a little girl is a tragedy on its own, people online are getting the feeling this story is being swept under the rug.

The general consensus from social media users sharing Emily’s story is that the media wants to bury details about her murderer because of the possible negative press around a Somali national.

That’s because Somalia is predominantly a Muslim country.

We see national coverage of possible hate crimes (which sometimes, turn out to be hoaxes) where no one is actually hurt or killed, so long as the alleged perpetrator is of Caucasian descent.

Yet, here we have so few details revealed about a woman suspected of murdering a little girl in broad daylight.

It’s normal to be mad. It’s understandable to be frustrated. But realistically, people should be outraged.

This little girl deserved a full life, and was robbed of it. Now, it seems that certain media outlets are avoiding the story because it doesn’t fit the narrative that people behind the scenes want pushed.

Remember Emily’s name, remember her face, and say a prayer for her family.

A parent strives to offer guidance to their children, make them smile on holidays and birthdays, and show them affection whenever possible. With all the things a parent wants to give their child, the last thing they hope to offer is a eulogy in their remembrance.

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