CHICAGO (TOC) — Dakotah Earley’s brother spoke with ABC7 from his residence in Atlanta on Sunday afternoon.
He mentioned Dakotah remains to be within the ICU and medical doctors put his probabilities of survival at 50/50. And but, he needed to talk out to thank the outpouring of assist he and his household have acquired from good strangers throughout Chicago.
“Thanks, from the underside of my coronary heart. My household appreciates it. Simply thanks,” Dashawn mentioned.
Dakotah moved to Chicago from Atlanta simply six months in the past. A ardour for meals led the current culinary faculty graduate there and to a job on the Larger Chicago Meals Depository. He’s preventing for his life at Illinois Masonic Hospital practically three days after being shot a number of instances by an armed robber in Lincoln Park. Dashawn referred to as the assault “downright disgusting.”
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“He determined to reside with my grandma simply to determine stuff out. He is 23. And being 23, you wish to determine what you have acquired occurring, what you wish to do in life,” Dashawn mentioned.
The theft was caught on surveillance video. It reveals the 23-year-old strolling close to Webster and Wayne Avenues round 3:00 a.m. on Friday when an armed man runs as much as him. After partaking in a wrestle over what seems to be Dakotah’s cellphone, the person shot him thrice.
“The primary time I noticed it, my abdomen sank and my coronary heart was in items,” Dashawn mentioned. “Watching that video, you are simply perplexed as a result of it is like, whenever you see it, it is simply ‘wow.’ I can not consider they did that.”
The violent theft was one in every of at the very least eight that police consider to be linked. Every incident befell in Lakeview and Lincoln Park between Might 4 and Might 6.
For Dakotah’s household, his mom particularly, who has barely left his facet on the hospital, the entire episode is solely unbelievable.
“In items,” Dashawn mentioned. “She’s nonetheless simply reeling over the truth that her son is preventing for his life proper now.”
Earley underwent two surgical procedures Friday and is reportedly preventing for his life. Eventually examine, over $60,000 has been raised to assist together with his medical bills.
Whereas police proceed to seek for the offenders, who they consider to be two males working collectively, a group assembly is scheduled to happen with investigators from the nineteenth Police District on Monday by way of zoom.
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