Maywood teen, home from college, dies after being shot

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A teenager home from college has died after he was shot in the head overnight in Maywood.
19-year-old DeShawn McCarty was shot in the head at 4th and Fillmore late last night.  He was in the back of a car when shots rang out around 11 p.m.

He was taken to the hospital and was on life support until this afternoon when he died.

McCarty is described as a real leader, one of the good kids on the rougher streets of Maywood who tried to stay on the straight and narrow by making sports the focus of his life.

Coach Scottie Ware of Proviso East High School said his former athlete was “a great kid.  I want everyone to know we lost a truly good guy.”

McCarty used to play football, basketball and ran track for the Proviso East Pirates.   He excelled in sports and had a ton of friends. Spuddy, as he was known, stayed focused and stayed out of trouble, according to his friend.

DeShawn was on a full athletic ride at North Dakota State University.

No one is in custody and no description of the gunman or vehicle involved is available.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Maywood police.

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