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Victim of Shooting at Chicago State Wanted to Join Navy, Friends Say

    ROSELAND — The 17-year-old Morgan Park High School senior killed after a melee between two top-ranked basketball teams dreamed of a better life and wanted to join the Navy, reports

    Tyrone Lawson, who friends said was known as "Ty Meezy," was fatally shot outside Chicago State University in the 9500 block of South King Drive, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

    Authorities said two people were in custody after the shooting, and a weapon was recovered from the scene, which was the site of a marquee matchup between top-ranked Simeon Career Academy and Morgan Park High School. The game featured Jabari Parker, the nation's top-ranked basketball recruit, who will attend Duke University in the fall.

    Classmate Harlie Bivens, 18, took a journalism class with Lawson. In an interview for the class, Lawson told her he wanted to join the Navy after high school and wanted to become a parole officer.

    He said he had dreams of being a provider for his family.
    His dream life, he said, was "to get money and make sure my family is good. To get married, settle down and be [a] good man, to have no worries."

    Lawson, of the 11600 block of South Peoria Street, was shot after the game in the university parking lot about 9:15 p.m., Chicago State police chief Ronnie Watson said.

    Chicago State hosted the game because it is a neutral location, Chicago Public Schools officials said. CPS often uses such sites to accommodate fans and media. CPS stated that all proper security measure were in place.

    "Screening was done to prevent weapons from entering the game," a CPS statement said. "Everyone was searched, even the media and the teams. We worked closely with CSU security and CPD to ensure that no incidents occurred during the game and that everyone exited the game peacefully."

    ‬No charges have been announced, Watson said.

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