Venzel Richardson is the latest teen lost to gun violence in Chicago. Venzel, 14, was shot in the head during a drive-by shooting as he walked to the store with friends to pick up snacks Wednesday night.
The shooting occurred in the West Woodlawn neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side.
Richardson, a freshman at Dunbar Vocational Career Academy, was struck by an assailant inside a white van, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Venzel’s mother Laveta Richardson is reeling from news of her son’s death. Richardson and family say they don’t want the slain teen’s death to be written off as just another dead black kid.
“We don’t want Venzel to be known how the police are portraying him — as a gangbanger,” the boy’s aunt, Denise Richardson, told DNAInfo. “We don’t want him to be another statistic, just lying out there in the snow. Dead. Just another black kid. ‘Oh, he’s in a gang.'”
No arrests have been made in the shooting, WGNTV reports.
14-Year-Old South Side Chicago Boy Murdered In Drive-By Shooting
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