Vigil held for 22-year-old engineering student who died after Skokie shooting

SKOKIE, Ill. — A vigil was held Tuesday evening for a 22-year-old man who died after being shot in Skokie.

Skokie police responded to a 911 call of shots fired at about 8:45 p.m. in the 4700 block of Main Street on Monday. Officers located a man, identified as 22-year-old Edward James, with multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to a hospital for treatment, but later died.

On Tuesday, relatives and friends told WGN that James was a college student at East-West University studying to be an engineer. He was the oldest of five siblings, reportedly setting an example by pursuing his degree and working at the same time.

He was returning from work when the shots were fired. His family said he "didn’t run the streets" and didn’t have enemies.

James' mother was heartbroken over the loss of her son. She said he didn't deserve it.

"We're killing each other," Marina Gordon, James' mother, said. "We're killing our own kids, our own brothers. It needs to stop."

Investigators released surveillance footage of the scene, showing at least two people running from the crime scene.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Skokie Police Department at (847) 982-5900.

The 24-hour Skokie Crime Tip Hotline is 847-933-TIPS (8477).

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