A Chicago teen was shot and killed Saturday morning while the car he was riding in was stopped at a red light on the city’s North Side.
19-year-old Miguel “Mikey” Cancel was just weeks away from graduating from Taft High School. Instead, his grandmother is now planning his funeral.
“He wanted to graduate so bad. He wanted to finally graduate and get himself together,” his grandmother Mirna Resto said.
Cancel was shot in the head and killed while in the passenger seat of a car at Irving Park and the Kennedy Expressway about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
His brother Carlos was driving at the time with friends in the back seat. They were just leaving a club when Carlos says he saw a man from another car come up to the passenger side window at the intersection and started shooting.
“After he was done shooting, my little brother just fell into my lap and in my arms and he was unconscious, just looking up in the air. My whole body was just filling up with blood. I could feel it dripping all the way down to my feet,” Carlos said.
Carlos drove to nearby Norwegian hospital. His brother mortally wounded and another male passenger shot in the thigh
Though the family says it was an unprovoked shooting, Chicago police have a different account. They say that another male passenger was taunting the shooter’s car, a dispute between rival gangs. They say Cancel was a gang member.
His family says it’s simply not true.
“He said this city is controlled by colors, by the way you wear your hats and he was tired of it,” Cancel’s grandmother said. “He was tired of driving down the street and not doing anything and somebody would throw a gang sign. And you can’t live that way. These kids are just terrified.”
His grandmother tells me Cancel was looking forward to college in Florida and his 2-year-old daughter’s birthday party which was planned for Sunday.