Venzel Richardson tragically lost his life Feb. 12 in a drive-by shooting as he walking to the store with friends to pick up snacks. He was struck in the head by an assailant who fired from a white van.
Venzel, a freshman at Dunbar Vocational High School, was well liked by many and known for his comedic nature and bopping skills.
Friends and family were shocked by Venzel’s sudden passing and took to social media to mourn his death:
Dunbar instructor Greg Ingleright is also mourning Venzel’s loss.
“RIP Venzel,” he wrote on Twitter.
Ingleright shared a Chicago News Now story to his Twitter account titled, “Teen, 14, fatally shot in head in Woodlawn on South Side near 61st, Vernon.”
Ingleright is distraught by the violence-plagued areas where his students reside, referring to the city of Chicago as “Chiraq.”
“Teaching in a war zone has got me down #Chiraq,” he wrote.
Venzel 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 assailant, according to witnesses, fired from a white van.
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.
Friends & Family Remember Slain Chicago Teen Venzel Richardson
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