‘The family is just looking for justice’: 19-year-old shot, killed by police mourned at vigil

CHICAGO -- A vigil was held Friday for a 19-year-old man who was shot and killed by a Chicago police sergeant this week.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death a homicide. The autopsy found Kajuan Raye died from a gunshot wound to the back.

Relatives gathered for a candlelight vigil at the scene of the shooting at 65th and Marshfield shortly after they officially identified the body.

“The family is just looking for justice,” said Tiffany White, Raye’s cousin. “The fact remains that Kajuan was shot down and killed.”

Police responding to a battery in progress said Raye fit the description of the offender. When the sergeant approached, Raye ran. The sergeant told investigators that Raye turned and pointed a weapon at him twice, but at a news conference on Thanksgiving Day, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said investigators conducted a grid search of the area and did not find a gun.

The officer involved is now on 30-day desk duty, pending the investigation. The Independent Police Review Authority is handling the investigation.