Jeremy Gonzalez died Thursday night, nearly six years after he was shot in the head while walking with his mother in Logan Square.
Jeremy, also known as Kiko, was 14 when he and his mother were walking in the 3400 block of West Armitage shortly after 9 a.m. on Dec. 8, 2009, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
A man or teenage boy with short, dark hair and a dark blue sweatshirt walked up, yelled gang slogans, and shot Gonzalez in the back of the head, police said at the time.
He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and later transferred to Lurie Children’s Hospital, fire officials said at the time. He spent the last six years in a coma, according to family members.
Gonzalez was 20 when he was pronounced dead at 8:35 p.m. Thursday at a nursing home in the 7400 block of North Sheridan, a spokesman for the medical examiner’s office said.
An autopsy Friday determined he died from complications of the gunshot wound to the head, and his death was ruled a homicide.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help his family pay for funeral expenses.
—Chicago Sun-Times Wire