A 14-year-old boy from Zion died after he was shot in the head in Chicago and relatives are offering a reward for information on the suspects.
The Chicago Police Department responded around 5:53 a.m. Saturday to the 2700 block of West Van Buren Street.
Officers received an alert for a ShotSpotter activation alerting to gunshots on the block, according to police officials.
Officers discovered an initially unidentified boy, in his young teenage years, who had been shot.
Police officials said the boy had two gunshot wounds to his head.
Paramedics transported him to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office later identified the victim as Damarion Jakes, 14, of Zion.
Jakes was pronounced dead in the hospital Monday afternoon, the medical examiner’s office said.
An autopsy confirmed Jakes died from a gunshot wound to the head and his death was ruled a homicide.
No one is in custody and the circumstances surrounding the shooting remain under investigation by Chicago Police Area Four detectives.
WGN News reported Reverend Paul Jakes Jr, the pastor of the New Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church in Chicago, held a press conference on Tuesday to talk about the death of his cousin, Jakes.
“My hope is that we, as a whole community, can look at turning the tables,” Jakes Jr said.
The reverend is offering a $500 reward for those who can provide information that leads to the suspect or suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call 773-533-9940.