Isaac Reed of Cicero gunned down on Southwest Side while taking his two young children to play in the park

Chicago Sun-Times

Isaac Reed with his children, 2-year-old Damien and 5-month-old Milani. | Facebook

Isaac Reed with his children, 2-year-old Damien and 5-month-old Milani. | Facebook

Isaac Reed of west suburban Cicero died about five hours after being shot while taking two young children to the park Thursday afternoon in the Southwest Side Brighton Park neighborhood.

The 25-year-old Reed was walking on the sidewalk in the 4600 block of South Troy at 1:07 p.m., according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

His father, also Isaac Reed, said in a GoFundMe page post that his son was walking with his two young children on the way to play in the park.

That’s when two male suspects pulled out guns, according to police. The father of two reportedly begged the men not to shoot him in front of his children, but they fired shots at him anyway before running off.

Reed was shot in the head, shoulder and back; and was taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, police and the medical examiner’s office said. He was pronounced dead there at 6:16 p.m.

He was an amazing son and father, who was especially devoted to his two kids: Milani and Damien,” his father wrote. “Not only was Johnathan progressively developing a better life for himself and his children, he was also a selfless individual who gave anything he could to the poor and the homeless.”

He said any additional proceeds from the fundraiser would be donated to StandUp For Kids, an organization which workls to get homeless kids off the streets, and away from gangs and violence.

Another GoFundMe page has been set up to help with funeral expenses for Reed, who worked at Accurate Partitions in Lyons.

He stepped up to and beyond the plate when it came time to take responsibility,” his cousin wrote on the page. “He was the father of two beautiful children, Damien (2 years) and Milani (5 months), to whom he dedicated his life to. He did everything in his power to ensure the well-being of his family - all the way up to his final moments. He was a good man. A loyal friend. A caring partner. A devoted father. A loving son.”

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

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