After a tragic shooting claimed the life of 12-year-old Damien Green on Sunday night, both law enforcement and the local community are in search of answers.
Chicago police have announced a $15,000 reward for any information that might lead to an arrest related to this incident.
In response to the violence, a peace walk was organized on Monday afternoon near the location of the tragedy, where community members and police united in their call for answers and an end to such acts.
Darryl Smith, President of the Englewood Political Task Force, expressed the prevailing sentiments, stating, ‘People are sad, and people are angry.
Chicago Police were dispatched to a fatal shooting incident at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the 600 block of West Marquette.
Upon their arrival, officers discovered the young boy lying unresponsive on the street, having sustained a gunshot wound to the head.
Darryl Smith emphasized the emotional toll this unsolved murder would take on the family, remarking, ‘If this murder goes unsolved, then this family is going to live this over and over again, and that’s the sad part.’
Smith stood alongside the CPD during a press conference held Sunday night outside Comer Children’s Hospital, where the child was rushed in critical condition before ultimately being pronounced dead.
Given the scarcity of information regarding the events preceding the shooting, both law enforcement and activists are urging anyone with knowledge to come forward in hopes of resolving this crime.
Darryl Smith expressed the collective sentiment, stating, ‘We want to find out what happened to this little baby and hopefully we can save some lives.’ Damien Green was discovered just a few blocks from Benjamin E. Mays Elementary Academy, where he was enrolled as a student.
A spokesperson for Chicago Public Schools released a statement on behalf of the district on Monday:
“We are devastated at the loss of another young life. The thoughts and condolences of the entire Chicago Public Schools (CPS) family are with all those impacted by this tragedy.”
Smith noted that Damien’s absence will be keenly felt by his peers at school.
His friends will undoubtedly remember him, especially when he’s not there to join them on the playground or share a lunch table,” Smith stated