Vigil held for Michael Flournoy, 16, shot, killed on South Side, shooter sought

Friends and family gathered Sunday night to remember Michael Flournoy, 16, who was shot and killed after what appears to have been an argument over a girl in Chicago's Burnside neighborhood.
April 6, 2014 8:55:15 PM PDT
A prayer vigil was held Sunday evening for Michael Flournoy, a Chicago Public School student who was killed Saturday.

Friends and family gathered Sunday night to remember Flournoy, who was shot and killed after what appears to have been an argument over a girl in Chicago's Burnside neighborhood. Flournoy was shot in the head and died outside of St. Anthony Church.

''They were in the store with him talking about going to the movies, and a few hours later we heard a gunshot, looked out the window and it was him,'' said Sharmese Louden

Flournoy played football and wrestled at Simeon Career Academy. The head wrestling coach tells ABC7 Eyewitness News that Flournoy loved to play sports, but his academics were most important to him.

Tymeka Woods, the victim's mother, is unable to make sense of the senseless act.

''To know that somebody could just take his life, like that is killing me,'' Woods said.

Flournoy was being tutored to improve his grades. The coach called him a "great kid with a great spirit.

"I went to Simeon, so it's very dear and close to my heart, so yes, he was a good student from what I've been hearing, part of the wrestling team, sports, but just an overall good kid, great kid," said Rev. Renaldo Kyles, a CPS counselor.

"He was just a conscientious kid, had a good spirit, and at the same time was really focused on his grades and just wanted to do what he could, whether it was in a classroom or on the wrestling mat, to pick up extra work to improve and get better," said Simeon wrestling coach Carnell Jones.

No charges had been filed as of Sunday night, but ABC 7 Eyewitness News was told that detectives know who they are looking for.

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