$13K reward offered after 3-year-old boy fatally shot on Chicago's West Side

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A $13,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in the fatal shooting of a 3-year-old boy over Father's Day weekend.

Several community groups and church leaders came together to raise the reward money after Mekhi James was killed on his way home from a haircut.

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Losing a toddler to gun violence is beyond words, and Mekhi's family is heartbroken.

"I am not supposed to be standing here," said Myesha James, the boy's mother.

James sent her 3-year-old boy to get a haircut with his stepdad last Saturday. On their way home, Mekhi was shot and killed while riding in the backseat of a car.

"My boy, my boy. You mean the world to me," James said. "I can't put it words. That's I why I keep saying 'my boy.' I can't put what he means to me in words."

Mekhi's stepdad, who asked not to be identified by name, wrote a poem in memory of his little boy.

"What do you say to a thug in the streets? You say, 'stay dangerous.' What do you say to a man with a family? 'Get home to your kids.' But when it's out your hands, you become the victim of a crime," he said.

There is a growing memorial for Mekhi James along the fence of the family's West Side home with pictures and balloons. He was one of more than 100 people shot during a violent Father's Day weekend in Chicago.

"Everywhere you go. It is violence everywhere. You can't run from it," said Christal Allen, the boy's aunt.

"We do want justice, but it ain't gonna bring him back," the boy's mother said. "They say it will help me sleep better, but I don't know."

Chicago police said their investigation is ongoing.
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