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Friends, Family Seek Answers in Slaying of 15-Year-Old Shot 17 Times

    WEST ENGLEWOOD — Family members of a 15-year-old killed in West Englewood last weekend still were searching for answers Monday, especially as some neighbors suggested the gunmen waited for their target before shooting him 17 times, reports

    Described as a "goofy" kid who did well in school, loved basketball and loved to rap, Christopher Lattin Jr.'s family and friends are still looking for answers.

    "What could a kid 15 years old do to get shot 17 times?" his aunt, Veronica Adams, asked Monday. "It's senseless. He was an honor roll student since he was a little boy — we're still trying to piece this all together."

    Christopher was walking toward his home in the 5600 block of South Marshfield Avenue about 3:10 p.m. Saturday when he was shot more than a dozen times in the street at Loomis and Garfield boulevards, authorities said.

    Christopher, a student at Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy, 7651 S. Homan Ave., was pronounced dead at 3:52 p.m. at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office and the boy's family.

    A friend and neighbor, Linda Trimuel, 14, said she saw a brown van circling the area several times Saturday before the slaying.

    Another neighbor, a retired police officer and resident of the block for 40 years who asked not to be identified, said he and a relative were home at the time of the shooting. He said the relative saw the shooting and told him three gunmen got out of the van and removed their coats before approaching the boy.

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