Delmonte Johnson, 19, who was active in a student-led anti-violence group in the city called GoodKids MadCity, was shot Wednesday in Chicago’s South Side
A Chicago teenager who was an anti-violence activist has become the latest victim of his city’s rising bloodshed.
Delmonte Johnson, 19, who was active in a student-led anti-violence group in the city called GoodKids MadCity, was shot Wednesday in Chicago’s South Side.
“He died as a servant,” Johnson’s mother, Onique Walker, said Thursday night, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “Everything you asked Delmonte to do, he was there… He died on the streets of Chicago, that he was trying to help.”
According to his mother, Johnson was on the softball team at school and played basketball in a summer league. He was also involved in his church.
#DelmonteJohnson Mother spoke tonight at his vigil and spoke about all the work that he does, and his passion to give back to the community, along with his commitment to #GoodKidsMadCity
We miss you Bro #Rip pic.twitter.com/nOgTrlikFa
— GoodKidsMadCity (@GKMC18) September 7, 2018
He was also involved in a student-led anti-violence movement in Chicago, which is rocked by an increasing crime rate, especially among the youth. He became after he lost a friend to gun violence, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Data collected by the Tribune shows that since September 2011, at least 174 people under the age of 17 years have been killed while 1,665 children have been shot to death.
“Delmonte Johnson died this week in the same way so many die in Chicago every day – a victim of the same gun violence that has plagued our city for generations,” mayoral candidate Amara Enyia said in a press release, “because we lack the will to address the underlying causes of this complex crisis.”
Present at the vigil for #DelmonteJohnson tonight. Curious to see how an official can go to a wake and not feel absolutely compelled to address violence at the root. Not platitudes, no patches, not looking for quick solutions. Of the causes. @GKMC18 pic.twitter.com/h7bY8rRbKv
— Amara Enyia (@AmaraEnyia) September 7, 2018
Johnson’s brother, Devirgo, told the Sun-Times his brother had taken, their brothers and sisters to basketball practice, and he began playing himself when he was randomly shot in the chest and stomach at about 7:30 p.m. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital at 8:16 pm
At least one person in custody, according to WGN9.
“He was always the person to look out for a friend,” Kofi Ademola, an adult mentor for GoodKids MadCity, told the Tribune. “That is the attitude they take to try to cure other young people and to heal from the day-to-day trauma.”