The Chicago Tribune is reporting that a 17 year old high school student, Ronald Hayes, has died. According to an article published by the website, he was shoveling snow near his house on the Near West Side at the 1300 block of Hastings Avenue when he was shot in the head and killed around 4:15 pm Sunday afternoon. He was found by police at an apartment complex on West Washburne Ave which was just blocks from his mother’s house where he grew up.
Hayes attended Banner Academy West High School. In an interview given by his mother, Kathy Booker, after she viewed her son’s body at the scene, stated that Booker was a good kid. Hayes was the fourth of nine children and was going to graduate in June. The article reports that he was very close to his mom. In fact, they were so close that he was planning on taking her to his prom as his date.
According to the article, Booker was known to his family as, “Duck,” a nickname given to him by his mom. It was also reported that Booker wanted to attend college and had aspirations of becoming a police officer. His favorite subjects were math and music, and he reportedly loved to play basketball and listen to Chief Keef.
Family members, including Booker’s grandfather, gathered at the scene and spoke to police while Booker’s body lay covered by a white sheet. Police were apparently upset about how young Booker was and how senseless the violence was that took his life. Gun violence is unfortunately a very common occurrence in Chicago as police reported three other injuries that took place that Sunday afternoon. The senseless violence that takes the lives of so many young people must be stopped. Booker did not deserve to die, and he had a promising future ahead of him. May his family find some peace in the days ahead, and may Chicago find solutions to the epidemic of senseless violence that plagues the city.