Memorial held for high school student fatally shot at vigil in Far South Side

CHICAGO — A memorial vigil was held Monday at Butler College Prep High School, two days after one of its star students was killed.

James Garrett, 18, was at a candlelight vigil on the Far South Side near 132nd Avenue and Prairie Street Saturday around 7:30 p.m. where a large crowd had gathered to remember a woman killed in a car accident. During the vigil, there was an argument and a man and a woman pulled out guns, according to witnesses.

A 48-year-old man was shot in the arm and taken the University of Chicago Medical Center where he was stabilized. A 20-year-old woman was shot in the arm and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where she was stabilized. Garrett was shot in the back and taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in serious condition. He was later pronounced dead.

Garrett was the first student in the class of 2019 at Butler College Prep to be accepted into college. The senior had a 3.9 GPA.

James’ mother said her son was a good, sweet boy.

“My son had everything going for himself, he wasn’t in no gang or none of that,” Brandy Colbert said. “My son was getting ready for prom and graduation. He was so excited.

Butler College Prep’s principal said James brought out the best in others.

“[He was] always making someone smile, always making someone laugh,” Christopher Goins said.

No arrests have been made, but police said they know who they are looking for. The investigation is ongoing.