CPS teen fatally shot

March 17, 2009 9:02:44 PM PDT
Students at a Chicago High School are struggling with another death blamed on gun violence. Lee Miller was shot in the 1500-block of East 65th Place on Monday. He's the third Chicago Vocational Career Academy student killed this school year.

A big smile and a big heart. That's how friends remembered 15-year-old Lee Ivory Miller on Tuesday night.

He was gunned down on Monday afternoon.

"He was an outgoing student, he loved football. He was a good student," said Isaac Evans, Chicago Public School junior.

Miller is the latest face of the gun violence epidemic in Chicago Public Schools.

Police say the sophomore at Chicago Vocational Career Academy was shot nearly three miles from school in the 1500-block of East 65th Place, just down the street from where he lived in Woodlawn.

"Kind of surprised it happened to him. He was trying to turn his life around, get it back together," said Kelvin Dominieck, football Coach.

Dominieck was his coach when Miller played football as a freshman last year. He says he didn't play this year because he'd been hanging out with the wrong crowd and was trying to turn his life around.

Police say Miller was not in a gang, but the shooting was the result of teenagers fighting. It's not clear what they were fighting over.

"We don't think this is gang related. We don't think there is any nexus between gang and drug activity with this incident," said Chief Ernest Brown, Chicago Police.

Miller is the 29th student to die by violence so far this school year and the third student from Chicago Vocational High to be shot and killed this school year.

Last September, 15-year-old Marcus Washington was gunned down. Five days later, 16-year-old Arthur Tyler was shot and killed.

Chicago Police say they're working on bringing these numbers down, but need more help from the public.

"We can't do it alone. So we're begging for help from the community...any information you may have," said Deputy Chief Dana Alexancer, Chicago Police.

Chicago Police say these numbers would go down if students would help them more by sending them anonymous tips through their Text-a-Tip program. You can send an anonymous tip on your cell phone to CRIMES or 274-637.