A 14-year-old recently featured in Sports Illustrated as one of six teenagers "who will determine the future of sport" died when he was shot dead on Saturday night at a party in Illinois.
The shootings killed Jaylon McKenzie, 14, an eighth-grade student at Central Junior High School, Belleville, Illinois, near East St. Louis. A 15-year-old girl was severely injured, police said, adding that no arrests had taken place.
McKenzie's mother said witnesses said he was hit by a stray bullet when a dispute broke out in the The St. party. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
"It's so hard to figure out someone took my baby away from me because he dreamed so much," McKenzie's mother Sukeena Gunner told the Post-Dispatch. "All I can remember is how he came to my room and told my husband to call his name." We have a 5-6 race, Jayyyyy-lonnnn MacKenzieeee. "And he would run into the room after his name was called."
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. In November, McKenzie told Sports Illustrated that his goal was "to do the NFL," and his dream was to "be a star in LA ̵
Filming took place in Venice, Ill. At 11:40 pm On Saturday night, Illinois police told Fox News.
The officers responded to a report of a disruption and gunfire at a big party. They said when they arrived they found McKenzie and the other teenager was shot dead and needed medical help. The police said the police immediately started the rescue operation before taking both victims to nearby hospitals.
McKenzie was declared dead for a short time after her arrival at the hospital. WOMAN WHO WOULD LIKE TO PAY IN HIJAB AND BURKINI
Gunner told the St. Louis Post Dispatch that her son was in eighth grade in the evening School had been. She said he later went to a post-prom party at another school in Venice.
On Sunday, State Rep. LaToya Greenwood of D-East St. Louis posted a photo of McKenzie on her Facebook page and wrote: "There is a holiness in tears, not a sign of weakness, but of power They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.They are the ambassadors of overwhelming grief, deep indignation, and unspeakable love. #JaylonMcKenzie "
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RECEIVE. McKenzie has run back, played receiver and defender. According to Sports Illustrated, he garnered national attention in August when he took five passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns to give the East team a win in Ohio's NFL All-American Game 8th grade.
The attention of college football coaches at the age of 14, the post-dispatch reported. He was reported to receive his first offer of verbal scholarships from the University of Missouri and the University of Illinois in December, which he sent to him about a week ago.