“15-Year-Old Boy Found Dead in Burning Car Trunk in Bridgeport: Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office”

By | December 17, 2023

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Tragic Death of 15-Year-Old Boy Found in Burning Car in Bridgeport

Before the shocking discovery of a 15-year-old boy inside a burning car trunk in Bridgeport, it has been revealed that he was shot to death, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Emergency services were alerted to a vehicle fire in the 3700 block of South Parnell Avenue in Chicago during the early hours of Friday morning. Upon arrival, they made the grim discovery of an unidentified victim in the trunk, who was pronounced dead at the scene, as confirmed by the police.

The medical examiner’s office has identified the victim as a 15-year-old boy, but his name has not yet been released. The cause of death has been determined as a homicide, resulting from gunshot wounds to the neck and chest.

Andrew Holmes, a crisis responder, shared that the boy was a freshman attending Menta Academy Chicago South. Describing the young victim, his mother and family emphasized that he had a radiant smile that could “light up the room.”

Holmes believes that the burning car was stolen from an auto repair shop, potentially from Lansing in the south suburbs. He also mentioned that the boy was unlikely to have been shot in Bridgeport, as his family stated that he had no acquaintances or spent any time in the area.

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Expressing his concerns, Holmes said, “It still remains a mystery as to who killed him, why, and where did they take this young man’s life before they traveled all the way here to set a fire.”

Moreover, Holmes expressed doubt that the crime was committed by a lone perpetrator. He urged nearby residents with surveillance footage to come forward, offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest and conviction.

“I believe someone else followed that car to the alley, and the person driving the car had to get out and walk. Considering the presence of numerous surveillance cameras in the area, it is highly likely that someone picked him or her up,” Holmes added.

If you have any information related to this incident, please contact rjohnson@chicagotribune.com.

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