15-year-old shot fatally in Chicago

March 29, 2008 5:24:16 PM PDT
Another Chicago Public School student has been shot and killed.Miguel Pedro,15, was steps away from his home when he was shot in the back by someone shouting gang slogans.

Pedro was among four 15-year-olds shot Friday in Chicago. His family said he was not involved in gangs.

"I'm sad," Angel Rodriguez, Pedro's cousin, told ABC7 Chicago.

Rodriguez was remembering the cousin he lost hours ago to gun violence. Miguel Pedro died Friday night night after being shot steps from his West Side home.

Pedro's mother said in Spanish that she will miss her son's playfulness and he was not in a gang. Relatives said Miguel was a typical teenager who attended a Chicago Public School and dreamed of being a professional soccer player one day.

Neighbors recall how shots rang out in the struggling West Side neighborhood at approximately 10 p.m. Friday as Miguel headed to the corner store with a friend.

"He went to the store and came back, and one of his friends told him to go back to the store with him. On the way back, somebody, i guess, shot him," said Edgar Fernandez, also the victim's cousin.

Investigators said the shooter shouted gang slogans before opening fire on Pedro, who later died at an area hospital.

Pedro's community is not the only one recovering from gun and gang violence Saturday. Friday afternoon, another 15-year-old boy was shot in the leg while walking home from school. Police say the child was hit after someone fired into a crowd of people. A few hours later, two more teens were injured in what detectives called an apparent drive-by shooting. Both of those boys were treated at area hospitals.

The weekend of violence had some community activists calling not only on police to step up patrols, but also on parents to do their part.

"Men and women need to hold their children and talk to them about not ever seeing them again and the consequences it would cost to pull a trigger," activist Andrew Holmes said.


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