Simeon Academy student Michael Flournoy was gunned down Saturday night in the 1000 block of East 93rd Street outside of St. Anthony’s Church, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Flournoy, 16, was on his way to pick up a bag of chips from the store when he was “jumped” by a group of boys and then shot in the face, the boy’s grandfather Samuel Woods told the Chicago Sun Times.
Police say Flournoy was murdered following a dispute with a man over a girl, CBS Chicago reports.
Flournoy was a budding student athlete, participating in Simeon’s football and wrestling programs.
“He was just a conscientious kid, had a good spirit, and at the same time was really focused on his grades and just wanted to do what he could, whether it was in a classroom or on the wrestling mat, to pick up extra work to improve and get better,” Simeon wrestling coach Carnell Jones told ABC 7.
Woods told the Sun-Times Flournoy dreamed of becoming an architect.
Friends, family and Simeon classmates held a vigil outside St. Anthony’s Church in honor of Flournoy. Vigil Attendees left stuffed animals, messages and a wrestling headgear.
Flournoy’s mother Tymeka Woods is mourning her son’s loss.
“I couldn’t even be by his side when he needed me most. I just feel like this time I dropped the ball,” she told NBC Chicago through tears. “These young kids today don’t have a care about taking a life. My son did not deserve to be shot in the middle of the street like a dog.”
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