A vigil was held on the South Side tonight for a boy gunned down and found in a backyard.
A crowd flooded the backyard in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood where 9-year-old Antonio Smith Jr was found Wednesday. They came to pray in his honor and ask for the community’s help in the ongoing investigation.
“If anyone knows of anybody who took part in this modern day execution, because this wasn’t a murder, this was an execution of a baby,” said community activist Andrew Holmes.
Detectives with the Chicago police department were also on hand to plead for information leading to Smith’s killer.
After the vigil, community leaders took to the streets, passing out flyers announcing a reward, which is up to $13,500.
Smith would started 4th grade at Hinton School of Social Justice in just a few weeks. He also loved to play football with his Jackson Park team.
Police sources say Smith may very well be the youngest person to die of gun violence in Chicago so far this year.