CHICAGO, IL – A 12-year-old boy tragically lost his life to gun violence in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood on Sunday evening, according to local law enforcement. The boy, identified as Damien Green, was found with a gunshot wound in the 6700-block of South Lowe Avenue around 6:35 p.m. after police responded to reports of gunfire.
Authorities, community leaders, and local residents are now rallying together, urging the public to assist in bringing the perpetrator to justice. Deputy Chief Gilberto Calderon of the Chicago Police Department emphasized the crucial role the community plays in solving such heartbreaking incidents. He urged residents of Englewood to share any information they might have by calling the tip line.
Echoing Calderon’s sentiments, 6th Ward Alderman William Hall underscored the urgency of addressing the city’s gun violence problem, particularly its impact on children. He stressed that the future of Chicago depends on the safety of its youngest residents today.
Green was rushed to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed his identity. Green’s family shared that he was a student at Benjamin Mays Academy in Englewood. His grandmother recounted his last day, which included attending church and playing basketball. He was supposed to visit her later that day, but tragically never arrived.
Deputy Chief Calderon expressed his frustration at the audacity of those who commit such heinous acts, resulting in the loss of young lives. Alderman Hall, too, called for community outrage, questioning how many more children must be victimized before the city recognizes the value of its youth.
In a heartbreaking revelation, Green’s grandmother disclosed that he was her fifth grandson to be killed on the streets of Chicago.