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Woman loses second grandchild in 6 months to Chicago gun violence

Two Chicago teens were shot dead Saturday night - one of them the second grandchild of a south side woman to die in just six months, NBCChicago reported.

Richard Modell, 17, and his cousin Miles Turner, 18, were on their way to meet a friend at the time. Modell may have been targeted due to a fight between rival gangs, authorities believe.

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Turner, a high school football player, was shot in the legs multiple times and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition, according to The Sun Times.  Police don't believe he had any gang ties. 

“Miles [is] really a very well-liked guy… He is the kind of kid who went out of his way to be friendly and polite. He even went out of his way to say hello to the ladies in the office,” Dan McGrath, the president of Turner’s high school, told the newspaper.

The teens were among the youngest shot over the weekend. Since Friday, five people have been killed and at least 25 wounded in separate shootings across the city. Some are gang related, but many just innocent people caught in the cross fire.

Modell is the second grandchild of Florine Monroe to be shot and killed within just six months. The other grandchild was not identified by NBCChicago.com.

After a deadly holiday weekend in Chicago, the city's mayor says young people need an alternative to gangs and violence. NBC's Kevin Tibbles reports.

"They've got to get these guns out of young people's hands," she said. 

NBCChicago.com contributed to this report.

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