Ad
Ad

Star football player, 14, fatally shot at a party, months after Sports Illustrated feature article: Cops

Authorities in Illinois say a 14-year-old boy was killed Saturday evening in a shooting that broke out at a house party.

According to KTVI, the victim was identified as Belleville eighth grader Jaylon McKenzie, a football phenomenon who was recently the subject of a feature article in Sports Illustrated.

Another juvenile, a 15-year-old girl, was also shot at the residential gathering. She remained in critical condition as of the latest reports available.

How do you protect your children from predators? Join Nancy Grace and a team of world class experts for the online course ‘Justice Nation: Crime Stops Here’.

McKenzie was transported from the scene to an area hospital, where he died a short time later.

The Central Junior High School student was picked by the sports magazine as one of the nation’s 16 top teen athletes.

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten…

Posted by State Representative LaToya Greenwood on Sunday, May 5, 2019

A statement from the school district indicated appropriate resources will be available to students dealing with the tragedy.

“School District 189 has learned that a few of our students were shot at a house party in Venice, IL at some point Saturday night,” the statement read, per CNN. “Few details are clear at this point. We do know that our youth, families and school staff have dealt with a number of tragedies and incidents of violence this year. We request space and time for them to appropriately grieve and come to terms with this latest impact of violence.”

A witness captured the aftermath on cellphone video, revealing apparent gunshots could still be heard after the arrival of police, as reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Police continue to investigate the shooting and are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact the Illinois State Police anonymously by calling investigations case agent Scott Wobbe at 618-381-1467.

Join Nancy Grace for her new online video series designed to help you protect what you love most – your children.

[Featured image: handout]