Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

15-year old Chicago boy shot and killed while walking with friends

15-year old Albert Guyton was walking through a Chicago neighborhood with two friends, a boy and a girl, when a sedan pulled up and a man got out and opened fire, killing Albert.

From a follow-up article:
Guyton was struck nearly a dozen times, including in the neck, chest and head, police said. At least 11 bullet casings were recovered at the scene. His companions fled from the gunfire, then came back and were carrying Guyton's body to Holy Cross Hospital when a passing squad car stopped and called for an ambulance, police said.
Guyton was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced just after 10 p.m., authorities said. A source said Guyton and his friends had just left Holy Cross, where they were visiting a friend.
Guyton, of the 7600 block of South Prairie Avenue, was the second teenage boy to be fatally shot in the city in a day.

Thomas described her son was a "good kid" despite a life filled with hardship. His father died before Guyton reached the age of 1. Guyton ran into academic trouble at Robeson High School, but didn’t get into fights, she said.
"He had his challenges," Thomas said. "Growing up with the things that life has to bring, but he was a good kid."
Thomas insisted her son wasn't involved in gangs. A police source said Guyton had never run into trouble with the law.
"I don't know a lot about what happened," Thomas said. "I'm still trying to wrap my mind around it. I can't believe this. I can't sleep, I can't do anything."

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