CHICAGO — A 15-year-old boy was shot and killed in the Austin neighborhood Saturday night.
According to family and neighbors, 15-year-old Anton Shaw was was a good student at Foreman High School, where he focused on basketball his freshman year.
Chicago police say just after 11 p.m. Saturday, Shaw was gunned down in an alley on the1100 block of North Long Avenue, just steps from his home on the West Side. He was found with a gunshot wound to the face, and pronounced dead on the scene.
Neighbor Maribel Ortiz says Shaw was a known in the neighborhood as a boy who stayed out of trouble and was focused on playing basketball. His family says he was not involved in gangs.
“This was a good kid. All he wanted to do was play ball, that’s all he cared about. If you would have seen him, he would have been in the park playing,” Ortiz said.
Shaw’s heartbroken older brother asked not to be identified, but said said his family is reeling. He said his brother was walking to a party when he was ambushed.
“He told me one day he was going to make it, and get us out of the ‘hood, but all that was took away from my little brother,” he said.
Family members are planning a candlelight vigil at the scene of the crime Sunday night.
Investigators says there were no witnesses to the shooting, and detectives continue to search for suspects.