Two gunmen shot a 14-year-old boy several times Friday night as he stood on his porch, leaving him to die in the front hallway of his
The shooting came just hours after a 15-year-old boy was fatally shot in a separate attack in the
In the Humboldt Park shooting, two male shooters opened fire about 11:50 p.m. in the 2400 block of West Augusta Boulevard, striking the boy multiple times in the chest,
Immediately following the shooting, a car sped down the street in reverse and took off, a neighbor said.
It appeared the boy, later identified by the Cook County medical examiner's office as Rey Dorantes of the 2400 block of West Augusta Boulevard, managed to take a couple of steps before collapsing. When paramedics arrived, he was lying just inside the home, bleeding from several bullet wounds, police said. He died at the scene.
Police found blood on the front steps and more than half a dozen shell casings on the sidewalk.
The high school freshman had been talking on a cellphone in front of his home just moments before shots rang out, his stepmother said.
The shooting may have been gang-related, police sources said. Family and friends on the scene, however, said the victim avoided gangs and spent his free time listening to music and riding his bicycle.
He'd thrown himself into a school program offering experience in a local bike shop -- a program designed, his stepmother said, to keep kids away from the type of violence that ended his life.
The boy would have turned 15 on Tuesday, said his stepmother Jo Ann Tenev.
"Now he's not even going to see his 15th birthday," she said, crying.
Rey was a freshman showing good promise at
"He was a really great kid," Sorensen said. "Our school community is deeply saddened by his death."
The principal said the shooting is another horrible example of the damage done by too many guns on the street.
On West Augusta after the shooting, neighbors returning home stared at squad cars and crime scene tape blocking the street of two- and three-story brick homes.
On the sidewalk near the crime scene, the father of one of the boy's friends sobbed as he paced near a group of somber teenagers.
When a neighbor asked him what had happened, his answer was brief.
"A little boy just got murdered," he said.
The victim's family has established an account at
In the Little Village shooting, a shooter walked up to the 15-year-old about 6:40 p.m. in the 2600 block of South Ridgeway Avenue, News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said.
The shooter shouted a gang slogan and opened fire, striking the 15-year-old in the torso, Mirabelli said, citing preliminary information.
The boy was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:19 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
The medical examiner's office identified him as Victor Vega, of the 2600 block of South Central Park Avenue.
No suspects are in custody in either shooting as detectives investigate.