‘Everybody Loved Him’: 16-Year-Old Fatally Shot on South Side Basketball Court

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17 August 2017 | 4:00 am

Those who knew 16-year-old Kejuan Thomas say he loved basketball.

He didn’t live near Bradley Park but would go there to play pick-up games.

That’s what he was doing when he was shot to death in broad daylight Wednesday near 97th and Yates on Chicago’s South Side.

“It’s a shame that good kids like that are the ones getting killed,” Tony Gibson, Thomas’ coach, said.

It was in the afternoon when police say the gunman got out of a car and witnesses said he appeared to aim right at Thomas before opening fire. Thomas would have been a junior at Tilden High School.

Gibson says Thomas was a good kid and he doesn’t know why he may have been targeted.

“This kid was a good kid. He loved his parents his parents love him, everybody loved him,” he said.

Neighbors say the park has had problems before.

“They shoot at the park, they fight at the park, they drink, they smoke, so we need to bet somebody over here at the park,” said neighbor Ginna McKillion.

Detectives were investigating Wednesday evening and no one was in custody.

Published at 10:15 PM CDT on Aug 16, 2017 | Updated at 11:00 PM CDT on Aug 16, 2017

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