The grandmother of a 15-year-old boy slain in the West Pullman neighborhood on Mother’s Day said her grandson died just like his father four years ago: gunned down on a Chicago street.
“He went just like his father. He got shot twice,” Corliss Holeman, the boy’s paternal grandmother, said Monday in a telephone interview as she fought back tears. “I don't believe this. On Mother's Day.”
Her grandson, Vaughn Holeman, was standing in the 200 block of West 116th Street just before 4 p.m. Sunday when a car drove past and gunfire erupted, according to Chicago police. Vaughn was shot in the chest and under the arm and was pronounced dead a half-hour later at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, authorities said.
Witnesses thought the boy might have been shot by an occupant of a passing car that drove off heading east on 115th Street. But police said Monday evening that a 15-year-old boy who was standing outside with Holeman and fired shots at the vehicle was responsible for the fatal shot that struck him.
That 15-year-old was charged as an adult with first-degree murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm at an occupied vehicle and possession of ammunition without a valid gun card, said police. Chicago Police do not release the names of juvenile arrestees, even if they are charged in criminal court rather than juvenile court.
Police said Vaughn had pointed out the vehicle to the 15-year-old who then fired shots at the car, and one of the shots struck Holeman, said police.
Holeman said her grandson's father, also named Vaughn Holeman, was killed in the early morning hours of Feb. 7, 2010, while standing outside the New Glass House Lounge in the 7900 block of South Halsted St. in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood.
“Somebody walked up to him on 79th and Halsted and just shot him twice,” Holeman said of her son. “No one was ever arrested, and no one answered for his death. My grandson never recovered from that.”
Her grandson’s mother had seven other children, she said.
“I can’t imagine how hard it was for her trying to raise eight children alone,” Holeman said. “I love her and I love my grandson. He was calling out for help. I will miss him.”
Her grandson was preparing to graduate from Haley Elementary Academy on the Far South Side.
“He was very family-oriented. He loved his family,” she said. “He really loved to play ball.”
But Holeman said the family noticed him slipping out into the streets.
“He was the typical teenager. . .getting into chaos,” she said. “We tried to help him.”
Holeman last spoke to her grandson about his upcoming graduation.
“I just don’t know what really happened,” she said.
Her grandson was shot to death about five blocks from his home in the 400 block of West 115th Street.
“We heard one of his friends held him in his arms until the paramedics came,” Holeman said. “He heard his last breath.”
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