A University of Chicago student blasted Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday for her “blatant lie” that crime was plummeting — just days after a fellow student was killed by a stray bullet on the train.
Audrey Unverferth, a rising senior, said she’s lost confidence in Lightfoot following the violence that besieged Chicago over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
“Lori Lightfoot had the nerve recently to say that crime in Chicago is on the decline — that’s a blatant lie,” Unverferth told “Fox & Friends.”
“Crime is not on the decline. Homicide and shooting rates are up and as we’ve seen, Chicago had its most murderous weekend of the year over the Fourth of July. Over 90 people were shot.”
In an op-ed for The Federalist, Unverferth said Lightfoot “should be ashamed” over the fatal shooting of her classmate, Max Solomon Lewis.
“His young life was senselessly cut short when his train ride home was interrupted by yet another Chicago shooting,” she wrote.
Lewis, a rising junior, had been commuting home from his internship last Thursday when a bullet pierced a window of the train at the 51st Street Green Line station and struck him in the neck, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died from his injuries on Sunday, the outlet reported.
No suspects or a motive have been identified, but authorities don’t believe that Lewis was the intended target.
The incident came before the Fourth of July weekend in Chicago saw at least 100 shootings — including 18 people who died, ABC7 Chicago reported.
Shootings were up from the same weekend last year that saw 87 people struck by gunfire, the outlet reported.