Suspect sought in 15-year-old's death

June 4, 2010 4:31:50 AM PDT
A small memorial is set up in Humboldt Park where a popular Chicago Public Schools student was gunned down riding his bike.Jeremy Baggett, 15, was shot to death around 9:30 p.m. in the 4200-block of West Thomas.

"Why (do) you have to keep coming through here shooting and killing these little kids like this? And it (doesn't) make (any) sense. He was a nice kid. He really was," said Angela Cockrail, Baggett's friend.

When police arrived on the scene they found the young boy on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to the head.

"This shouldn't happen. And he told me he will be back around the house around 10 and going to call me and I never got to phone call. When I got the phone call, it was telling me that he have dead," said Adrianna Baggett, Jeremy's cousin.

Baggett was a sophomore at Orr Academy High School.

"He is a remarkable kid. You see Jeremy in the cafeteria and outside and in the gym and he was very colorful kid and had a wonderful personality," said Jaime Poole Jr, Orr principal.

"He was a fun loving guy. Kind of a clown, never had anything bad going on in class," said Calvin Sparrow, Baggett's geometry teacher.

More than 150 students at Orr Academy met Thursday morning to remember Baggett. The school has provided crisis counseling.

Jeremy planned to go to college, according to his family, and would have turned 16 at the end of June.

Harrison Area detectives are investigating. No one is in custody and police are looking for witnesses.


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