Man fatally shot outside CTA Pink Line station 'would light up the room'

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Corvus Humphries, 20, of Chicago, was coming home from work when he was fatally shot near the CTA Pink Line's California station. (WLS)

A 20-year-old man fatally shot outside the CTA Pink Line's California station this weekend was remembered Tuesday as a bright young man whose hobbies included music.

Corvus Humphries, of Chicago, was coming home from work when he was caught in the crossfire, his family said. He was one of seven siblings who was just weeks away from quitting his job to join his brother in Atlanta to work in the film industry.

"He just generated a light that would light up the room whenever he stepped in," said his father, Walter Humphries.

Two men are being sought in the shooting, which happened in the 2000-block of South California Avenue in the city's Little Village neighborhood just before 7:40 a.m. Sunday.

Police responded to a report of a fight. When officers arrived, they found two young men who had been shot. Investigators said the shooting stemmed from a fight near the station.

Humphries was shot in the neck. Police said he managed to run across the street to the Pink Line station for help, but was pronounced dead at the scene.

"His last steps, he still called 911," his father said. "He was holding his neck. He was bleeding out then collapsed."

"He collapsed by the turnstiles. He was asking them for help to get the paramedics. That's what they did. By the time they turned around and come back he had succumbed to his injuries," said Andrew Holmes, a crisis responder and community activist.

In his free time, Humphries recorded songs and shot videos as hip-hop artist "Chrono."

Now, his grieving father is pleading for the gun violence to stop and for the public to contact police with information about the shooting.

"This senseless, mindless violence has to stop," Walter Humphries said. "It's taken life after life of people who have nothing to with what's going on."

Holmes said Humphries was well-known to CTA employees, who recognized him from his daily commute to and from work. When he was shot, he had just been dropped off near the Pink Line, heading home from his job at a manufacturing plant.

A 24-year-old man was shot in the arm and in the behind. He was rushed to in critical condition Mt. Sinai Hospital. Authorities said his condition later stabilized.

Police said the two victims were not gang members.

Humphries' wake will be held at Pentecostal Word of the Truth Church, located at 415 W. 111th Street in Chicago, on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. His funeral is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
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