DOLTON, Ill. — A Chicago high school student was shot and killed in Dolton Tuesday night.
Police said the shooting happened just before 8 p.m. outside the Moonlight Food Deli and Liquor store at 142nd Street and Woodlawn Avenue.
The 16-year-old girl, identified as Akeira Boston, was sitting inside a parked car, when someone in another vehicle pulled up slowly and opened fire as her friend was returning from the store. She was shot twice in the abdomen.
Boston was transported to University of Chicago Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.
Foster was a cheerleader at Simeon High School and was set to start her junior year. Her family said she was a beautiful person and hopes some leads come in or that the perpetrator turns themselves in to officials.
According police spokesman Andrew Holmes, a gunman approached with a weapon already drawn. He said the intended target was Boston’s friend who was returning to the car at the time of the shooting. He was not hurt.
Police are hoping surveillance video from the store can help identify the killer and his vehicle, since it circled the block a number of times before the deadly shooting.
A vigil was held Wednesday evening at Boston’s school. Friends and family gathered outside Simeon High School for a balloon release in her memory.
This was the third shooting incident in Dolton since last week.