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15-year-old shot and killed in Chicago

March 14, 2009 8:32:27 PM PDT
Another Chicago teen has been shot and killed, prompting more calls Saturday to 'stop the violence.' Gregory Robinson, 15, was in a car with several family members late Friday night when someone opened fire, killing the Simeon high school student. Police, school administrators, family members all say he Robinson was a good kid who stayed out of trouble.

As daylight broke Saturday, there was still no more information on why the young man was shot and killed in Chicago 's Morgan Park neighborhood on South 110th Street. Robinson was returning to his aunt's home with his cousins and two children after a basketball game at Simeon high school when the shooting occurred. Someone fired at the car, and Robinson tried to protect the children.

"Greg covered them, and that's how he got shot. So, he died a hero,"said the teen's grandfather, Rodney Orange. "

The young man was a freshman at Simeon where he wanted to follow in his cousins' footsteps and play basketball. Instead he became the 28th Chicago public school student killed this year.

"That was a coward's act. They must have shot 50 times, for no reason at all. No reason at all," said Orange.

Saturday morning, the League of Black Parents called a meeting with the purpose of mobilizing parents and young people to prevent violence. There were also plans for children to sign an anti-violence pledge and to march to city hall.

"I have three children I'm raising. I just don't want them to have to encounter this. It's not just one parent doing their job and that's ok, that's not enough," said Cynthia Flowers of the League of Black Parents.

"It seems like we're numb to it. We're actually at war. This is really a war out here. Somebody has to step up and do something," said James H. Parker, also a member of the League of Black Parents.

At Rainbow PUSH Saturday, the Rev. Jesse Jackson stood with families who've been directly affected by violence for a press conference. Those gathered called for a stimulus to get job training and resources to neighborhoods plagued with violence.

"If we are going to commit to security for foreigners around the world to come, and we should, it must first be proven. We cannot have Olympic security for sur; you cannot have it for the Olympics in 2016. It starts at home," Jackson said.

The investigation into Gregory Robinson's murder continues. Police don't think Robinson, or anyone else in the car, was the shooter's intended target. At this point, it is not known what sparked the gunfire.

Chicago police have canvassed the neighborhood looking for leads, but no one was in custody Saturday night. Authorities also say there is no description of the gunman.


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