So sad. The 15-year-old grandson of U.S. Rep. Danny Davis was shot and killed Friday night, Nov. 18, in the South Side of Chicago in ‘a dispute over gym shoes.’ Find out all the horrific details here.
“It was unbelievable, unbelievable,’’ U.S. Rep. Danny Davis told the Chicago Tribune on his way to the police station.
Danny’s grandson, Jovan Wilson, was reportedly at home in Englewood with an uncle, his 16-year-old sister, 14-year-old brother and 8-year-old brother, when a man and woman — both teenagers — entered the home and started arguing with him, police said.
At one point during the heated conversation, one of the assailants (a 15-year-old boy), pulled out a gun and allegedly shot Jovan in the head. The other assailant was said to be a 17-year-old girl.
“There was a history between the young people involved and it was a dispute over gym shoes. This was not random but was egregious and senseless to use a gun over a fight for clothes,” Anthony Guglielmi, spokesman for the Chicago Police Department, told the Chicago Tribune.
Sadly, Jovan was dead on the scene. And this attackers — well, they are still at large.
“It underscores that there’s no repercussions for using guns in Chicago and our criminal justice system is not an effective deterrent,” Anthony added.
Jovan was a sophomore at Perspectives Charter High School. “He was a typical 15-year-old,” the congressman said. “He liked basketball. If you listened to him he was a basketball star, but he liked basketball and music. All those kinds of things. He was an avid sports fan, he knew all about, you know, the stats of different players.”
Davis had just returned to his Chicago office from a trip to D.C. when he got the horrific news from his son — Jovan’s father. “Initially it was that he had been shot and then actually the police commander called me and indicated that, there during a home invasion, he had been shot and it didn’t look good,” Danny Davis said. “Immediately I simply left and came out to the area where it had taken place. It’s totally disconcerting.”
We can’t believe a life was lost over a pair of gym shoes. What is the world coming to?
Our thoughts go out to Jovan’s family and friends during this difficult time. This is so sad.