A Chicago high school student was killed outside Banner Academy South High School — in the 2300 block of East 99th Street in south side Chicago — on Oct. 19, according to Hip-Hop Wired.
Chicago Tribune reported that the victim — 18-year-old Terrance Wright — was shot at around 3:40 p.m. during an altercation with potential robbers. He was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center, located in nearby Oak Lawn, IL.
Wright, a senior, was approached by five colleges.
His aunt, Kathy Jackson, said he transferred to Banner — a private school for drop-outs or students in fear of dropping out — to escape bullying because he was gay.
“He had made a big turnaround from the old school to this one, and now this happened,” she said.
The Huffington Post reported that at least “29 people were shot over another violent weekend in Chicago, including five men who were killed by gun violence.”
Chicago has witnessed over 400 homicides this year — a murder rate four times larger than New York. Chicago homicides are now up 24 percent from 2011.
“The violence in Cook County is devastating and the wide availability of ammunition only exacerbates the problem,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who is introducing a nickel tax on each bullet and a $25 tax on each firearm sold in the county.