Alliyah Kalimullahdunn of south suburban Harvey, Ill., was visiting her grandmother on the South Side when she was struck and killed around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Gresham neighborhood near 80th St. and Ashland.
According to authorities, Kalimullahdunn was crossing the street on her way to the CVS when a light-colored minivan that was headed southbound on Ashland hit her. Family members and witnesses say the driver got out of the car, looked at the girl, and then fled the scene.
Kalimullahdunn was transported to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and later pronounced dead.
The victim's family recently moved to Harvey. Kalimullahdunn's mother says the girl wanted to be a police officer and loved to dance.
"I'm numb. It's like one minute I'm numb, and the next minute I got pain everywhere," said mother Makia Thompkins. "She was 15...two weeks before her 16th birthday. It's a feeling I can't describe. You expect when people that come of age to pass, but 15? 15? She didn't die of cancer or a disease. Someone took her life. It's just a feeling I can't describe."
"She was a very sweet little girl, and whoever would do something like that to a child, animal or anybody, you know? Have a heart. Turn yourself in," family member Terri Fountain said.
Chicago police say they do not have a lot of information about the case, and therefore, need the public's help. Anyone with information about the minivan or the driver is asked to contact police, as they continue their investigation.