Boy, 14, killed in mobile home park shooting near Des Plaines ID'd

Shots fired from dark-colored SUV at Blackhawk Estates mobile home park, police say
ELK GROVE TOWNSHIP, Ill. (WLS) -- A 14-year-old boy was shot and killed Wednesday night while walking near his home in a mobile home park near Des Plaines, the Cook County Sheriff's Office said.

The boy was walking with another child about 7:15 p.m. in the Blackhawk Estates modular home community in the 400-block of West Touhy Avenue when a dark-colored SUV pulled up, police said. Multiple shots were fired from the vehicle, hitting the boy, who later died from his injuries.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office identified him as Erick Alfaro. He lived in the same block of unincorporated Elk Grove Township, where the shooting took place.

Alfaro attended Grove Junior High School in Elk Grove Village. He was graduating from the 8th grade and was getting ready to start his freshman year of high school this fall, according to a GoFundMe page.

"He was a sweet, funny and smart kid who had his whole life ahead of him," the page said.

Grove Junior High School said it will have grief counselors and supports available for students throughout the next two weeks.

Police did not provide any additional information about suspects in the incident.

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No one was in custody as of Thursday morning.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 708-865-4896.



The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.
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