WeatherTech shooting victim was engaged, trying to change his life, family says

WeatherTech shooting victim was engaged, trying to change his life, family says

BOLINGBROOK, In poor health. (TOC) — A household is grieving the unthinkable after a person was shot and killed on the finish of his work shift on the WeatherTech warehouse in Bolingbrook.

Members of the family say CJ Hightower had simply began working at WeatherTech again in January with hopes to begin a brand new life earlier than police say he was gunned down by a brief employee on the facility.

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ABC 7 spoke solely together with his mom and fiancée, who went from planning a marriage to now planning a funeral.

“Nonetheless simply laborious to come back to phrases with him being gone,” stated Kierra Scott, his fiancée. “I simply need to inform him I miss him. And, I’ve at all times missed him. And, I’ve at all times cherished him.”

Tragedy struck because the couple was solely months away from their massive day.

“We had massive plans for the longer term,” Scott stated. “We have been pondering New 12 months’s.”

It was on the finish of Hightower’s in a single day shift at WeatherTech in Bolingbrook that their lives collectively could be torn aside ceaselessly.

“I dropped him off at work Friday night time,” Scott stated. “I did not assume I wasn’t going to have the ability to see him once more.”

That is when police have been referred to as to the ability Saturday morning to seek out three males shot.

The 37-year-old was killed months after beginning on the warehouse in January. He had moved in together with his mom, Brenda Allen, to start a brand new path in life.

“I used to be simply so completely happy that he was completely happy about simply working an strange job for 10 hours a day!” Allen stated. “I simply stood up in church and instructed my church that I have been praying for my son for 15 years to alter his life and he lastly referred to as me saying he needed to alter his life!”

However, police say, that journey was halted by Charles McKnight, Jr. after he allegedly stole a watch and pockets from two staff, together with Hightower, who confronted him.

“The man flashed a gun at CJ,” Allen stated. “CJ walked away, and he went and instructed safety that the man who stole the wallets and watch had a gun. And, from there, we’re instructed, he simply opened fireplace!”

Hightower was considered one of three males shot, however the one one who died. His mom’s ache was overcome by the thought that what ended her son’s life may’ve been a lot worst.

“And, I do know if he would not have tried to knock that gun out of that man’s head, I do not know what number of extra moms could be standing in my place,” Allen stated.

After a three-hour search, McKnight was arrested and charged within the capturing. He had been working with a brief employment company and had solely been assigned to the WeatherTech facility since June 9.

“Guess what? Now you are going to endure the implications of the trail you selected to take,” Allen stated.

However Hightower’s household’s hope for the longer term continues to be misplaced with out CJ.

“I by no means thought my household could be on this place, however we would like justice!” his cousin Karyn McGary stated.

A gun was recovered by officers. Police stated they don’t consider the capturing was premeditated.

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