EVANSTON, Ill.-- There were heavy hearts inside Curt's Cafe in Evanston after the shooting death of a recent student-trainee.
Bejamin Mandujano-Bradford was at the cafe earlier on Tuesday after he passed a food sanitation test. Hours later, the 20-year old known as "Bo" was dead.
He was shot in the head and torso near his home in the 1300 block of Darrow Avenue. It appears he was targeted, Evanston Police said in a statement.
Susan Trieschmann, Founder and Executive Director of Curt's Café said, “We're part of a big family. We're broken and hurting."
Since it opened over three years ago, Curt's Cafe has provided job opportunities and training to many young people who have had run-ins with the law. Trieschmann said Mandujano-Bradford was determined to do something with his life and serve as a mentor to other young people.
On the Martin Luther King holiday - the day before Mandujano-Bradford was killed, he went to an event at New Trier High School, posing for pictures with Pulitzer Prize winning writer Isabel Wilkerson, said Trieschmann.
At the cafe's register on Thursday there was a picture and a note to customers saying: "Please be patient with us, today. We are mourning the loss of our student, Bo." Curt's Cafe is collecting donations to help with funeral expenses.
Evanston police say no one is in custody for the shooting.