Family members said Erica Gibson was shot in the head Saturday night while staying with a friend. Investigators have not yet said who fired the gunshot. Her death was ruled a homicide by the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.
Hazel Crest Police Chief Mitchell Davis called Gibson's death "another case of young people having access to an unsecured weapon in a home -- that had a tragic ending."
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Erica was a lead dancer on the Lil' Ladies of Virtue team and was the captain of the peewee squad for four years.
"She is just a really skilled dancer," said Kamile Beal, her dance coach. "Dance is what she loves to do. Erica could make up a dance, she could teach a dance, she could do counts, an all-around amazing kid."