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‘Why should I have to bury my son at 14?’ Parents of slain Chicago teen speak out

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Demarco Webster Jr.

Demarco Webster Jr.

CHICAGO -- A saddened Chicago family is speaking out after the shooting death of their 14-year-old son over the weekend.

Demarco Webster Jr. was killed early Saturday morning in the South Austin neighborhood.

The honor roll student was apparently mistaken for someone else when shots rang out from a car.

He was helping his father move out of an apartment on Central Avenue, just south of Madison Street.

"I went in a hallway, I seen my son on the floor saying 'I got to get up, I got to get up," the victim's father Demcaro Webster, Sr. recalled. "And all I know is that it felt like the ambulance was taking too long to get there."

"I can't even imagine a person being that just shoot," said the victim's mother Akesha Hester.

"Why should I have to bury my son at 14? He was supposed to bury me," said Demarco Webster, Sr. "Kids bury parents, parents don't bury kids."

His death was one of 17 this past weekend, the city's deadliest weekend of the year. At least 57 others were wounded.

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