Chicago gangs: Real people. Real stories. A way forward. The new season of Motive explores violence on the streets of Chicago and the former gang members working to stop it.
Mateo, the 14-year-old son of gunshot victim Joey, is facing real danger as he prepares to start high school. Victim advocate Cecilia Mannion is desperate to keep him safe, and help him avoid following the path that so many other young people in Chicago are pushed down.
It’s just one part of the work Ceci does, and she brings in some coworkers to help counsel Mateo and Mateo’s younger brother, who witnessed his dad’s shooting.
In this episode, we get a fuller picture of Ceci’s work and the people she’s touched, including a support group she founded to help families who have lost loved ones to Chicago’s relentless violence.
Meanwhile Ceci’s client Destiny, along with the parents of murder victim Jessica Castro, struggle to come to terms with the violent incident that upended their lives after it becomes clear the courts will not provide the justice and closure they’re seeking.
Throughout the episode, Chicagoans are confronted with the painful reality that they are on their own when it comes to safety and security.
About the host
Patrick Smith is a criminal justice reporter at WBEZ. He has been reporting on Chicago violence, police and the people at the center of it all for nearly a decade.