Police: Murdered student not intended target

CPS calls for community involvement to end violence
March 16, 2009 4:30:46 PM PDT
As Simeon Career Academy mourns a student gunned down over the weekend, community leaders are meeting with school officials to discuss ways to stop the violence."To see my daughter grieving over her son like this is just unbelievable. It hurts so bad," said Rodney Orange, victim's grandfather. "She said she had the greatest son in the world."

Gregory Robinson, 15, was shot to death on Friday night on his way home from a basketball game. He was riding in the back seat of a car with his family when someone opened fire with what police believe was an assault rifle. Robinson shielded his two young cousins from the bullets. He was struck in the back and killed.

He was not in a gang, according to officials, and police do not believe he was the intended target.

Robinson is the 28th Chicago Public Schools student to be killed in violence this school year.

"I think, you know, rather than counting, you know, we all ought to be out doing -- being big brothers and big sisters and mentoring helping to educate young people that that's not the way to resolve difficulties," said Michael Scott, CPS Board president.

Grief counselors were at Simeon to help classmates cope with the loss.

"He wasn't no harm to nobody. He was just real, real nice and quiet," said one Simeon student.

"He wasn't in no gangs or nothing," said a second student.

"It usually be over nothing or the wrong person if they come after him," said a third.

Over the weekend, Robinson's family offered a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the case.