Abigail Irby (left) and her two adult children took a trip to the Shedd Aquarium, shortly before her son James Anthony (center). was killed during a home invasion in 2013. Also pictured: Jushawnda Dunigan, and Anthony’s girlfriend KeiAmber Beard, who was also shot and killed, along with their unborn child. Police never identified a suspect in the shooting. Photo Courtesy Jushawnda Dunigan.

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