Parents of slain teen: ‘Our son was not in a gang’

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The parents of a 14-year old killed in a drive-by shooting are angry that police are saying the teen was affiliated with a gang.

Venzel Richardson died after he was shot in the head Wednesday night.

The shooting happened near 61st and Vernon on the South Side.

Richardson was walking down the street, with two friends, when someone started shooting from a white van.

Police insist the shooting was gang-related.

His parents insist that police are wrong.

“He’s not in a gang so, for them to say it’s gang-related., they need to take that statement back,” said Richardson’s father, Clifford Williams.

Richardson was a freshman at Dunbar High School where he was involved in ROTC and mentored other students.

No one else was hurt, and no arrests have been made.

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  • Tim

    I don't know why we have not militarized the south and west side. It's time to start treating these areas of the city like the warzones they are.

  • Deborah

    While Chicago Police are quick to associate every child/teen being gang related, when they cannot or not willing to investigate the random shootings of our youth in this city. While the gangs are allowed to pervade our city and neighborhoods, the police do nothing. I myself have seen police run from gun shooting only to return when the shooting was over. I am not disparaging the honest and dutiful officers who run to protect the public. But to lump all shootings of teens in this city as gang related is a disservice to our community and to parents and children.