CHICAGO — A 20-year-old man was fatally shot during an attempted robbery on the city’s Far South Side.

Family members have identified the 20-year-old victim as Daemond Russell.

The shooting happened around 12:15 a.m. Monday on the 1600 block of East 95th Street in the South Deering neighborhood. Police said the 20-year-old was approached by a male offender who was attempting to rob him.

According to a witness, Russell tried to get away in his vehicle and was shot in the head by the offender. He was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Family told WGN that Russell was a good kid who was caught at the wrong place at the wrong time.

“He wasn’t a kid who got in trouble like that, he was just a good kid,” said Tatiana Jones, Russell’s mom. “I’m not gonna rest until someone’s held accountable for this. My son didn’t deserve this.”

Affectionately referred to as “Taj” by friends and family, Russell was an aspiring graphic designer and fashion aficionado, amid taking a year off from Clark Atlanta University to start his own business.

“We shared everything, he was my best friend,” said Tatiana Jones, Russell’s mom. “He’s an amazing kid. He’s my only kid so, someone taking his life so senselessly is crazy to me. It makes no sense what-so-ever.”

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No one is in custody. Area Two Detectives are investigating.