Family: Life of Sentwali Davis was destroyed by violence two decades before he died in West Garfield Park shooting

A man found shot to death early Saturday in a West Garfield Park neighborhood alley has been identified as 37-year-old Sentwali Davis.

Family members say Davis’ life was forever changed more than 20 years ago by the same violence that finally claimed him Saturday.

Officers found Davis suffering multiple gunshot wounds to the head about 1:40 a.m. in the 4200 block of West Wilcox, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Davis, of the 2200 block of West Jackson, was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:02 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

A family member said Davis had been working at a construction site nearby and someone “lured him into an alley” before shooting him.

The family member explained that Davis had been an excellent student in middle school, before being severely beaten by a large group while going to play basketball.

The beating left him in a medically induced coma, and when he finally awoke and completed physical therapy, he faced physical, mental and behavioral health issues for the rest of his life.

The family set up a YouCaring page, which had raised nearly $2,000 as of Tuesday morning to help with funeral expenses for the father of two girls.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

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