Teen shot to death after leaving ballgame

December 4, 2008 2:54:47 PM PST
A Chicago teen was shot and killed Wednesday night on the way home from a high school basketball game. Sergio Dukes' family says the teen was about to start his first job since graduating earlier this year. Chicago police are still searching for the person who shot Dukes. The killing took place around 7:30 p.m. in the 9600-block of South Indiana.

The 18-year-old is a recent graduate of the Chicago Public Schools district. He just finished up this past June. He comes from a huge family. One of seven siblings. They live on the South Side. Unfortunately for that family, though, the boy's killer has not been found.

Eighteen-year-old Sergio Dukes made his family proud when he graduated early from the Community Youth Development Institute, a CPS charter school on the South Side.

Wednesday night Dukes attended the basketball game between Harlan High School and Hyde Park. Dukes used to go to Hyde Park and had a friend playing in the game. Around 7:30, he and some friends left the game a little early. About a block east of Harlan High, he was helping his friend and her baby get into a car, when someone started shooting at him.

The teen was hit twice in the head and once in the chest. He was pronounced dead just before 8 p.m.

"Sergio was real helpful; he was like the house nurse and whenever anybody in the house got sick, we could count on him to take care of us," said Jacqueline Dukes, victim's mother.

Dukes mother Jacqueline showed off the diploma her son had earned this past June. She says he was a great basketball and football player who also loved to cook.

Police are trying to determine if Dukes was the intended target. His mother says her son had no enemies.

"I don't know, all I know there's a lot of shooting in this city, and you really can't say if they were targeting him or if they were just randomly shooting," said Jacqueline Dukes.

Even though she is devastated by the loss of her son, she says she doesn't wish harm to her son's killer.

"I don't' want anything to happen to the person, because it needs to stop. I just think they need to put the guns down," said Jacqueline Dukes.

Dukes was supposed to start his first job next week working for his family's church. Area 2 police detectives are in charge of this investigation.


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