CHICAGO — Two brothers were shot and killed in the city’s Ravenswood neighborhood.
The shooting happened around 10 p.m. Wednesday on the 4800 block of North Ashland Avenue. Police said the victims were standing in an alley when someone in a light-colored sedan fired shots.
The victims were transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds to the body, where they were pronounced dead.
The medical examiner identified the brothers as 17-year-old Johnathan H. O’Neal, a student at Senn High School, and 20-year-old Benjamin I. O’Neal.
Their mother, Amanda Wright, believes her sons knew their killer.
“I told them don’t go outside because they were shooting out there,” Wright said. “They didn’t listen to me. [Benjamin] loved his little brother. They had so much love for each other. That’s why he went outside when he thought there was something wrong with his brother.”
The loss of her two sons, Wright says, is compounded by the fact that she also lost her father and uncle to gun violence.
“Now my boys are gone the same way,” she said. “I don’t know what to do.”
No one is in custody and Area Three detectives are investigating.
Paul Carrasquillo, a relative of the victims, asks anyone with information about the shooting to contact the authorities.
“We thank anybody who comes forward with any information to help catch these people,” Carrasquillo said.
Ald. Matt Martin (47th Ward) echoed those sentiments.
“No parent should have to deal with what they’re dealing with now,” he said.
Just 20 minutes earlier, police said a 15-year-old boy was shot around 9:40 p.m. on the 4300 block of North Ashland Avenue. Police said the teen was walking on the sidewalk when someone inside a vehicle fired shots.
The teen was also taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital with a graze wound to the back and is listed in good condition.
The family set up a GoFundMe page Thursday.