Friend who accidentally shot, killed young Chicago activist Caleb Reed sentenced to 18 years

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Saturday, October 15, 2022
Friend who accidentally shot, killed young Chicago activist sentenced
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Genove Martin was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the accidental fatal shooting of his friend and VOYCE activist Caleb Reed in Chicago in 2020.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Genove Martin was ordered to spend 18 years in prison Friday for second-degree murder in the accidental shooting death of a young Chicago activist.

Caleb Reed, 17, was walking with friends when a Chevy Malibu drove by and shots were fired on July 31, 2020, in the 1900 block of West Granville in the West Rogers Park neighborhood.

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Prosecutors say his friend, Martin, then 18, allegedly shot at the Malibu. One of the bullets hit Reed before people inside the car returned fire.

Reed suffered a gunshot wound to the forehead, causing him to fall straight to the ground, according to court documents.

Reed was a student at Mather High School and a member of "Voices Of Youth In Chicago Education."

Prior to his death, Reed had been front and center speaking out against police in schools. A student at Mather High School, he had been working with both GoodKids MadCity and Voices of Youth in Chicago Education, or VOYCE. The student-led groups advocate for the removal of police officers in schools.

Young activist shot, killed in Chicago's West Rogers Park neighborhood