14-year-old boy killed in drive-by shooting in Pilsen early Sunday

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CHICAGO - A 14-year-old boy was shot and killed as he sat on a friend's porch on the 1700 block of S. Newberry in the early hours of Sunday morning, according to police.

In a statement, police said the victim was sitting on a front porch in the Pilsen neighborhood around 2:30 a.m. Sunday with two other juveniles when a passing vehicle yelled gang slogans and fired shots, striking him in the head.

The Cook County Medical Examiner identified the victim as Damien Santoyo of the Ashburn neighborhood on the South Side. Community activist Andrew Holmes said Santoyo was a student at Horizon Science Academy, and his mother didn’t realize her son had left home until she received a call from a friend that he had been shot and killed.

The cries of the family could be heard as police guarded the scene with semi- automatic rifles behind crime tape early Sunday morning. A woman could be heard repeatedly yelling, “that’s my baby!”

The Chicago Tribune said the boy recently moved to Chicago from Texas about a year ago.

Neighbors said they certainly aren’t used to things like this happening. This is a fairly affluent block in Pilsen with a lot of new construction and neighbors said they woke up shocked to find bullet holes in their cars.

“On this block you have lots and lots of surveillance cameras and I have knocked on the doors and they said they will turn that footage in to the Chicago Police Department” Andrew Holmes, community activist said.

Police have not stated if Santoyo was the intended target—and no one is in custody for this shooting.


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