Vernado Jones, Jr was one of eight people shot late that night by unknown individuals who opened fire on a gathering in the city’s Englewood neighborhood, the bureau said. He and three others were killed in the attack, while two boys – ages 11 and 15 – were among those wounded.
“He was going to be our great basketball star,” his aunt, Nancy Wardlaw-Williams, told the Chicago Sun-Times. “I told him, ‘I’m waiting on my NBA tickets.’”
“Vernado was a wonderful kid. He had so much more life to live. So much more life to live,” she added. “And we’re deeply hurt. The entire family is deeply hurt.”
Family members described Jones as a skilled basketball player who was preparing to attend the Simeon Career Academy, where NBA star Derrick Rose once played.
As of Wednesday, no suspects have been identified in the teen’s shooting death.
Since late June, 14 children have been shot to death in Chicago – four of whom were under the age of 10, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
In one of the latest shootings, a 10-month-old girl was left critically wounded on Monday after being struck in the shoulder while traveling in the back seat of a vehicle on a city expressway.