CHICAGO (TOC) — A Chicago household returned residence from trip to heartbreak after an City Prep Academy pupil was shot and killed.
Family members informed ABC7 that 16-year-old Andre Smith was caught within the crossfire of two teams when he misplaced his life on the Altgeld Gardens Properties on the Far South Facet close to 131st & St. Lawrence.
“I simply want I may’ve been there with him,” mentioned his mom, Candace Washington. “I simply need him to know he is not alone. He is by no means alone.”
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Smith’s household mentioned he had simply received completed taking part in basketball when he was caught within the crossfire of two teams and shot and killed whereas his household was a whole lot of miles away on a visit he was speculated to be on.
“I am mad that he was taken from me, and I could not be there with him,” his mom mentioned. “They can not go to the park! He was taking part in basketball.”
Andre’s mother mentioned he wasn’t capable of get off work for his or her household trip to Florida. Now she is reeling after the bond between her and her oldest son was eternally torn aside.
“His step-sister known as me and mentioned, ‘Andre’s shot! He isn’t transferring,'” Washington mentioned. “They went and received his stepfather. They would not let anyone strategy him, so he died alone.”
Police mentioned somebody in a burgundy SUV pulled up and started firing round 4:05 p.m. Sunday close to his home on the Altgeld Gardens Properties. One other group then returned hearth.
“And he received caught within the center,” Washington mentioned. “He was making an attempt to run residence.”
“Have been they making an attempt to focus on any individual else? We do not know,” Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan mentioned. “The individuals who, clearly, returned hearth on the SUV aren’t cooperating. We do not have them recognized. So, it is an open and lively murder investigation with a variety of work to do.”
There are doable solutions that would result in an arrest, however they’re hidden inside this neighborhood that residents say is hurting itself from the within out.
“So, I am going to by no means know, and I am going to simply be strolling amongst the individual that killed my child,” Washington mentioned.
“It is heartbreaking as a result of the youngsters – it is like they do not have an opportunity in any respect, man,” Altgeld Gardens neighborhood member Courtney Lewis mentioned. “They do not have an opportunity in any respect. It is like they’re in a bowl and it is slowly filling up and no one’s doing something about it.”
Smith’s household mentioned Monday they have been on their solution to determine his physique on the health worker’s workplace earlier than starting the heartbreaking activity of planning his funeral.
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