CHICAGO, IL., – Chicago police say that a 14-year-old boy was shot and killed as he stood on his porch outside his Humboldt Park home Friday, minutes before midnight.
On Saturday, 12 noon local time, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed to the Guardian Express the victim’s name, Rey Dorantes, a male hispanic.
The boy was reportedly talking on the phone to his girlfriend when two male gunmen walked up and shot him several times. The teen became Chicago’s 22st victim of a homicide in the first eleven days of the new year.
Police say the boy managed to take a couple of steps before collapsing. When paramedics arrived, he was lying just inside the home, bleeding from several bullet wounds.
While investigating the scene, police found blood on the front steps and approximately a half dozen shell casings on the ground.
The murdered teen was shot multiple times in the chest and died on the scene in the 2400-block of West Augusta Boulevard.
Immediately following the shooting, a car raced down the street in reverse until spinning around in an apparent rushed get-away, says a neighbor who witnessed the incident.
Reportedly, the boy’s step mother says he was a high school freshman.
A police source believes the shooting may have been gang-related.
According to news reports, family and friends on the scene say the victim avoided gangs and spent his free time riding his bicycle and listening to music.
As of Saturday morning, police were still withholding the victims name. Nevertheless, we were able to discover Rey’s full identity moments ago.
A Chicago Tribune story revealed the victim was only days from turning 15.
Though no one else was injured, neighbors say several bullets shattered a nearby resident’s window.
The scene was littered with squad cars and crime scene tape throughout the night and early morning hours as police forensic investigators combed the area for evidence.
No arrests have yet been made in the case.
The shooting happened just hours after another teenager was fatally shot in a separate attack in the Little Village neighborhood.
At least six teens under the age of 18 were shot since Friday afternoon, according to Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Amina Greer.
The Chicago Tribune reported that the father of one of the boy’s friends sobbed as he paced near a group of somber teenagers.
When a neighbor asked him what had happened, his answer was brief.
“A little boy just got murdered,” he said.
You can read more about this homicide and the other 21 murders that occurred in Chicago since the start of the new year in our special Sunday report titled “Chicago Under Siege.”
By D. Chandler