"Who should I shoot?" This was the question asked by a killer before he murdered Ke'juan Thomas, 16, who was on a basketball court in Chicago with his friends on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.
Chicago police said Ke'juan was shot in the head and killed in the city's Jeffrey Manor neighborhood.
He was playing basketball with friends in Bradley Park around 4:30 p.m. when a car with two males inside pulled up.
One of the males got out of the car and opened fire on him, then fled, police said.
Ke'juan family said the man who shot and killed him asked the group which one of them he should kill.
His godmother said he did not know the shooter and that the gunman, who was wearing a black hoodie, opened fire after asking him and his stepbrother a chilling question. "Which one? Which one should I shoot? Which one?' Asking them. Maybe asking himself," she said...
"A and B student," his basketball coach Tony Gibson described Ke'juan. "Kid's not a gangbanger. Mother and father raised him as Christian, take him to church and everything. And look what happened. The kid was a good kid. The kid did not deserve what happened to him," Gibson said.
Ke'juan lived with his family in an entirely different neighborhood.
He played basketball for Tilden High School, and was going to be a junior this year. He was hoping to be recruited, and so was playing in a summer basketball program in the area of the park where the shooting happened. Residents who live near the park said it's long been a trouble zone.
Our deepest sympathies are with his grieving loved ones. We hope the family gets justice. Rest well Ke'juan...
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