Elijah Sims, who was to celebrate his 17th birthday on Wednesday, died Tuesday morning after being shot while visiting his old AUstin neighborhood on Monday.
The 16-year-old boy was killed and another 15-year-old boy wounded in the shooting Monday night, according to Chicago Police.
The boys were standing outside at 10:11 p.m. in the 5500 block of West Quincy when they heard gunfire and realized they’d been shot, police said. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital.
Sims, who was shot in the head, was pronounced dead at Stroger at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He was a senior at Oak Park River Forest High School.
The younger boy was shot in the back, and his condition was stabilized, police said.
Oak Park River Forest High principal Nathaniel Rouse sent a letter to parents and students Tuesday: “It is with a heavy heart that I write this message to you,” the letter read. “We have been made aware of a shooting that took place last evening involving one of our students. We have now confirmed that the student involved in the shooting has passed away.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses.
A vigil is planned in Sims’ memory at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Scoville Park at 800 W. Lake St. in Oak Park.
—Chicago Sun-Times Wire