This video is a look at how violence at Truman College in Uptown is affecting the lives of students. It is thought provoking.
Jovany Diaz, 15, a sophomore at Amundsen High School, was shot June 13 in a front yard of a residence in the 4300 block of West Hirsch. Diaz was celebrating his 15th birthday.
News reports say Diaz was in the front yard of a residence on Hirsch when a gunman crossed the street at about 10P, and started firing. Diaz was struck in the chest and a 19 year old cousin was struck in the hand. Diaz was rushed to the Mount Sinai Hospital. He was pronounced dead, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.
A memorial service for Diaz on June 13 was disrupted, according to a reporter witnessing the scene for the Chicago Sun-Times, when a mourner began firing shots. “At about 2.20P, staff reporter Kim Janssen was covering the slaying of Jovany Diaz when he heard a man shouting at the corner of Kildare and Hirsch,” the Sun-Times reported. “The man- who was among the mourners at Diaz’s memorial just moments earlier- fired two shots.”
The Sun-Times goes on to report a 24 year old man was wounded, apparently by the gun fire.
The death of Diaz makes the second Amundsen High School student this year to die of gun violence.
Earlier in the year a Nigerian soccer player, Kabiru Adesunmi, 16, a sophomore, was killed in the 800 block of East 82nd Street. Adesunmi was shot on his way to a convenience store following a Chicago Bulls victory.
Neither boy is reported to have any gang affiliation.
Ald. James Cappleman noted that the basketball hoops have been removed from Bronco Billy Park, 4437 N Magnolia, in the Uptown neighborhood.
“On advice from the police, in agreement with the Parks Department, the basketball hoops at the Bronco Billy Park have been removed,” Cappleman announced in his weekly letter to constituents today.
“The police recommended this change to help alleviate accelerated gang activity in the area,” Cappleman said. Cappleman said he was working to move the hoops activities to a program at a number of parks including Chase Park in Ravenswood.
Bronco Billy Park is a playlot park located just west of the Truman College campus.
A report by the Associated Press says problems at group homes in Eastern Illinois were known by state officials two years before those problems led to the death of Paul McCann.
McCann’s death has led to allegations of assault against staff members of the group home he resided in.
The 2008 death of Dustin Higgins, also in an Eastern Illinois home run by the same nonprofit foundation has led to murder charges against staff members.
“We’ve clearly seen that the system failed the people who lived in the Graywood facilities,” Illinois State Rep. Greg Harris told the AP. “This case makes you heartsick to read about it.”