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First-Generation College Student, Marcel Pearson, Shot and Killed In Chicago Two Days Before Orientation



Marcel Pearson recently celebrated a milestone in his life when he earned his high school diploma from Johnson College Prep. Pearson, 17, was ready to embark on another journey in his young life by attending Western Illinois University as a first-generation college student.

But Pearson’s dreams were snatched from him after he was gunned down Tuesday night on Chicago’s South Side in the Brainerd neighborhood, according to the Chicago Tribune. Pearson and a 15-year-old friend were walking when a white minivan pulled up and someone got out and shot them, according to NBC Chicago.

Pearson was reportedly shot in the chest and back and was pronounced dead at the scene. The 15-year-old was shot in the leg and taken to the hospital in good condition.

Pearson’s death came two days before his scheduled college orientation.

Jillian Carew, Pearson’s College Prep adviser, was going to drive him to the University for his orientation.

“He was already registered, already enrolled, but just going to orientation and getting his dorm assignments and all that,” Carew told ABC 7 Chicago. “He was very excited and looking forward to it.”

Police have no suspects in custody for Pearson’s murder.

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