CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department is searching for a person connected to the fatal shooting at Benito Juarez High School that left two people dead Friday afternoon on the city’s West Side.
Police released images of the person that allegedly is in connection to the incident that took place at the high school in the 2150 block of South Laflin Street around 2:37 p.m. Friday afternoon.
According to the police two boys were killed with a gunshot wound to the head and two others were injured, a 15-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified one of the boys who died as Brandon Perez, 15.
Family members have identified the 14-year-old boy as Nathan Billegas.
His grandma said he didn’t deserve it and they’re struggling to understand how this outgoing and cheerful young boy met such a tragic end more than 24 hours ago.
“No estamos preparados para esto. Nosotros lo vamos a uenoer siempre como un nino ueno porque era buy ueno, muy noble y bien amoroso,” his grandma said. (Translation: We weren’t prepared for this. We’re always going to remember him as a good kid, very noble and loving.)
Noble Schools confirmed that two of the students impacted by the shooting were their students but did not specify from which school.
The sister of one of the boys who was fatally shot told WGN her brother was a student at Chicago Bulls College Prep.
“I remember the first day he got the paper in the mail that he had been accepted into the school he was so happy,” his sister said.
She told WGN her brother was an ‘outgoing young boy,’ and that he could make anybody laugh on their worst day.
“He was full of life. There was nobody like him. My brother was a very smart boy. All I have to say is that if you knew my brother, you know he was the life of the party,” his sister said.
In a statement released by CEO of Nobel Schools, Constance Jones said:
“We recently learned about senseless gun violence that took the lives of two students and injured two others outside of Benito Juarez High School. It is with a heavy heart that we share that one of the students killed and one of the students injured are Noble students. We send our condolences to the families of these students and we stand in solidarity with the Benito Juarez High School community as they grieve during this time. Noble and CPS are working with CPD as they confirm further details. I am deeply saddened whenever gun violence impacts our schools and communities.”
Police have not called this person a suspect but if seen, do not approach them and call 911.
If you or someone you know would like to help the victims’ families, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for the two boys’ funeral services.