Teens Killed in Chicago Weekend Violence

Tyquan Tyler, 13, is one of four young people who were shot to death over the weekend. 

Posted: 06/26/2012 12:51 PM EDT
Tyquan Tyler, 13, was shot and killed in Chicago.

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Chicago’s extended spate of gun violence is taking a disproportionately deadly toll on the city’s young Black youth. Four people were shot and killed in the city this weekend — two teens and two others under the age of 30. Among them was 13-year-old Tyquan Tyler, who was struck by a bullet while standing outside of a house party he attended with his sisters. The Chicago Tribune reports:

“Tyler said her son had been home for only two weeks when on Saturday, he begged her to let him go to a party in the city's Woodlawn area with his 15- and 19-year-old sisters. When the mother of three, a security guard, arrived after midnight to pick up her kids in the 6200 block of South Rhodes Avenue, her son was lying on the sidewalk, she said.

"I held him in my arms on the sidewalk and talked to him while he was fighting for his life," Tyler said Sunday. "I regret letting him go to the party. He was my baby — so loving and respectful."

Tyler and her daughters said Tyquan was walking away from the party where a fight had broken out and spilled into the street. A car drove by and shot into the crowd, Tyler said, hitting her son in the chest. Police said the shooting occurred at 1:20 a.m. Tyquan was pronounced dead less than two hours later.”

Read the full story here.

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