Teen with promising future shot to death

16-year-old now charged with murder
August 9, 2009 6:00:40 PM PDT
A 17-year-old boy with college just around the corner was killed in what seems to be a robbery gone bad.Justin Daniels was shot and killed in the 6900 block of South Cornell Avenue in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood.

Chicago police say a 16-year-old boy is now facing murder charges in Daniels' death, but they did not release the name of the 16-year-old because of his age.

The Cook County medical examiner's office on Sunday said Daniels died from a gunshot wound to the head. Authorities say he was shot Saturday while sitting in the driver's side of a vehicle.

Daniels' parents told ABC7 Chicago that he was a graduate of Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep and was a leader on the school's academic decathlon. With a 32 on the ACT standardized test, he earned a four-year partial scholarship to Northland College in Wisconsin.

The 17-year-old was also an intern at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)