Statement on the Tragic Loss of Suraj Mahadeva

For Immediate Release

December 15, 2021

We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of another member of the Asian American community, Suraj Mahadeva, who was a victim of gun violence in Palmer Square over the weekend. Suraj had his whole life ahead of him and we are heartbroken that his life was cut short. Suraj was an active member of queer, Filipinx, and South Asian communities across Chicago and the Midwest. He fought for racial and gender justice, including joining Advancing Justice | Chicago and other allies in direct actions for our collective liberation over the past 2 years. We are holding his family, friends, and loved ones in our hearts. Advancing Justice | Chicago will continue to work in solidarity with other communities of color toward long-term solutions to end gun violence.

Community members have organized a memorial, and all are welcome to attend. The memorial will be held at the Center on Halsted from 6:30-8:30pm tomorrow, Thursday December 16th.


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