“Chicago Teen Found Dead in Burning Car Identified as 15-Year-Old Freshman at Menta Academy”

By | December 17, 2023

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Tragic Discovery: Chicago Mother Mourns Son Found Dead in Burning Car

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A mother in Chicago is devastated after her teenage son was identified as the victim found in the trunk of a burning car in the Bridgeport area early Friday morning.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has determined that the 15-year-old boy died from gunshot wounds to the neck and chest. Although the boy’s name has not been released by the office, crisis responder Andrew Holmes confirmed that the victim was a freshman at Menta Academy.

According to Holmes, the boy resided with his mother on the North Side of Chicago. The grieving mother has shared fond memories of her son, describing how his smile could brighten up any room.

Investigations have revealed that the teenager was shot in a different part of the city before being transported to an alley near 37th Street and Parnell Avenue, where the car was set on fire.

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Authorities believe that the car was stolen from a repair shop in Lansing, as stated by Holmes.

In an effort to apprehend the culprits responsible for this heinous act, Holmes and other community activists have urged Bridgeport residents to review their security camera footage for any potential leads.

For more information and updates on this tragic incident, listen to our new podcast, Looped In: Chicago. Stay connected with WBBM Newsradio on Audacy and join our community on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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In a heartbreaking turn of events, a mother in Chicago is grieving the loss of her teenage son, who was tragically found dead in the trunk of a burning car in the Bridgeport area early Friday morning. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has determined that the 15-year-old boy succumbed to gunshot wounds in the neck and chest. While the boy’s identity has not been disclosed, crisis responder Andrew Holmes has confirmed that the victim was a freshman at Menta Academy.

The young boy resided with his mother on the North Side of Chicago, and she fondly remembers his infectious smile that could light up any room. It is devastating for any parent to lose a child, and this mother is now left grappling with the unimaginable pain of this senseless tragedy.

Investigations have revealed that the teenager was shot in a different part of the city before being transported to an alley near 37th Street and Parnell Avenue, where the perpetrators set the car ablaze. The stolen vehicle, believed to have been taken from a repair shop in Lansing, further adds to the complexity of the case.

In an effort to bring justice to the grieving family and the community, Holmes and other activists are urging Bridgeport residents to review their security camera footage for any potential leads. The hope is that someone might have captured crucial evidence that could aid in identifying those responsible for this heinous act.

This heartbreaking incident serves as a painful reminder of the urgent need to address gun violence and protect the lives of innocent young individuals. The entire community stands in solidarity with the grieving mother and demands justice for her son.

For the latest updates and more in-depth coverage of this tragic incident, listen to our new podcast, Looped In: Chicago. Stay connected with WBBM Newsradio on Audacy, and join our community on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to show your support and stay informed.

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