The back-pack of high school senior, Terrance Wright, 18, remained lying on the ground, the only indication of the horror that occurred outside of Banner Academy South High School just hours before.
When Wright exited the building at the end of the school day, he was approached by 5 assailants who immediately began intimidating the young man. When one of them began going through Wright’s pockets, the teen fought back, and was shot for his efforts to defend himself.
He was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Chicago Tribune.
As previously reported by NewsOne, the warzone of “Chiraq,” as some locals are calling the violent city, is comparable to the carnage left on battlefields in the Middle East. By the end of September, the city had surpassed 400 murders, and according to RedeyeChicago.com, “homicides are up 25 percent year-to-date compared to the same period in 2011.”
“What I’m trying to do is to get a broader conversation about how do we reduce the violence, generally. Part of it is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban re-introduced, but part of it is also looking at other sources of the violence, because frankly, in my hometown of Chicago there’s an awful lot of violence, and they’re not using AK-47s. They’re using cheap handguns,” President Barack Obama said.
At the time this article was published, no one had been arrested for Wright’s murder, but the Tribune reports that police are speaking to two people of interest.