CHICAGO (WLS) — A second teen killed outdoors a faculty on Chicago’s a Southwest Facet Friday has been recognized.
This comes after Chicago police launched surveillance pictures Saturday of the individual they imagine was concerned within the lethal capturing that left two teenagers lifeless and two others injured.
The capturing occurred proper outdoors Benito Juarez Neighborhood Academy within the 2100-block of Laflin Avenue in Pilsen, in keeping with police.
Relations have recognized 14-year-old Nathan Billegas as one of many two victims.
Billegas was a freshman pupil at Chicago Bulls Faculty Prep, his household informed ABC7.
They stated he was assembly together with his good friend, 15-year-old Brandon Perez, at Benito Juarez Neighborhood Academy when photographs rang out.
The 2 pals had been each shot and killed. The Cook dinner County Medical Examiner confirmed Perez as on of the victims Friday afternoon.
Two different youngsters had been additionally harm within the capturing, however are anticipated to outlive.
“In the event you knew him, you knew that he would do something for anyone,” Billegas’ sister. “And, I hope we get justice for him.”
She is terrified to point out her face however wanting to have her voice heard, whereas her household grieves the homicide of her little brother.
The capturing occurred simply as lessons had been being set free and college students had been coming outdoors.
Billegas and Perez had been each fatally shot within the head, police stated. One other 15-year-old boy was shot within the thigh and shoulder, and a 15-year-old woman sustained a graze wound to the thigh. Each had been taken to Stroger hospital with non-life-threatening accidents.
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“I would not want this ache on anyone. Not even my worst enemy,” his sister stated.
Earlier than these two youngsters had been taken to Stroger Hospital, the place they died, it was Billegas’ sister who informed ABC7 that she noticed their last moments. She stated she was on the cellphone along with her brother as he was assembly up with Perez outdoors of the college. That is when she says he hung up the cellphone, she heard the photographs, ran to them and located them each on the bottom.
“We had been on the decision and I heard once they stated what they stated, and that was that. I had a sense it was going to be my brother, however I did not need to imagine it,” she stated. “The decision hung up and all I heard was photographs. And, I went to my brother and he was on the ground, and I used to be simply in shock, seeing my little brother like that.”
Billegas’ grandmother is now left in tears. Her granddaughter, decoding her ache.
“She would say to him that she loves him loads, and he is all the time going to be somewhat boy as a result of she raised him,” stated Billegas’ grandmother, Nanette Hernandez.
“He was too younger for this to occur to him,” Billegas’ sister stated. “I hope he feels actually responsible for what he did, and I hope that it eats him alive.”
Fireplace officers stated the capturing occurred outdoors the college and one of many victims ran inside in the course of the incident.
The varsity instantly went on lockdown, and college students had been rushed again inside for hours as police investigated.
“All of us are looking for solutions. After all, I am very involved as a result of this occurred on our grounds,” stated Chicago Public Faculties CEO Pedro Martinez.
One of many college students killed and one of many college students injured had been Noble Faculties college students, in keeping with an announcement put out by Constance Jones, CEO of Noble Faculties.
“We ship our condolences to the households of those college students and we stand in solidarity with the Benito Juarez Excessive College group as they grieve throughout this time,” Constance stated.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot launched an announcement in a a number of tweet thread Saturday saying partly “I’m past outraged by this incident, which highlights the urgent want for unlawful weapons to be taken off our streets and out of the fingers of these searching for to trigger hurt.”
Police aren’t saying but whether or not or not this capturing was focused.
“Listening to all this shootings in colleges, it is scary. It is scary to search out out that your daughter is in one of many colleges that simply bought shot,” stated Emanuel Orozco, one other faculty dad or mum.
Nobody is in custody and Space Three detectives are investigating.
CPS launched an announcement that stated:
“The protection of our faculty group is our high precedence. This afternoon, we obtained stories that photographs had been fired outdoors of Benito Juarez Excessive College shortly after dismissal. The Chicago Police Division (CPD) and paramedics responded rapidly to the scene. CPS stays in shut contact with CPD and this incident is underneath investigation. The CPS Workplace of Security and Safety and different District management are working intently with faculty management and employees in addition to CPD to collect data and reply to this incident. CPS will hold Benito Juarez households up to date in addition to the higher group. Our ideas are with all these impacted by this tragedy.”
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“Faculties are the cornerstone of neighborhoods and college students need to really feel protected,” Governor JB Pritzker stated on Twitter Friday. “We should put an finish to those unspeakable tragedies and rid our communities of gun violence.”
Senator Dick Durbin additionally posted his condolences on Twitter Friday after the lethal capturing, saying partly, “Progress was made in Congress this 12 months. However w/ gun violence now the main reason behind demise for America’s youngsters, we should do extra.”
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