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

Monday, September 24, 2012

14-year old Illinois boy shot and killed while walking with friends

Dajae Coleman, age 14
A 14-year old boy, Dajae Coleman, was walking with friends in Evanston, Illinois, when four shots were fired.  One hit him in the chest, killing him.

From an article:
Evanston police have released a little more information about Saturday night's shooting, saying that Dajae Coleman was, "walking with friends when four shots were fired, one striking and fatally wounding, the victim in the chest."
Dajae graduated from Haven Middle School in June and was attending Evanston Township High School as a freshman, police said.
ETHS printed Dajae's "belief statement" from his humanities class on its website this evening. In it, he talks about the love and support he got from his family, particularly his mother and grandfather. You can read it here.
From a related article:
The Evanston Township High School freshman that everybody called “Dae Dae” was a youth sports standout, a good student and hard worker who landed his first job at the Evanston community center this summer.
“He wasn’t one of those guys,” Dajae’s father, Richard Coleman. “He wasn’t someone who you’d think would get killed like this. But really, in the society we’re living in he actually was … one of the good ones, the innocent ones that leave early.”
On Saturday, Dajae asked his father for permission to go to a party with his pals that night.
“He told me where it was. I said, ‘OK, but don’t be sitting around there on the street. Don’t go wandering. Call me after the party. Don’t walk,’ ” Richard Coleman said. “He said, ‘OK, Dad. I’ll call you.’ … And he never called me back.”


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