(WGN-AM)- To Country Club Hills resident Roy White III, the 1975 Malibu he was driving was more than a means of transportation. It was a graduation gift from his dad, marking his 2006 commencement from Rich Central High School in Olympia Fields.

White, 21, died Sunday night after being shot in the head while trying to flee an attempted carjacking in Chicago's Gage Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side, police said. White's girlfriend, 19, was shot in the arm.

They were riding in the 5700 block of South Artesian Avenue when someone approached their car about 12:21 a.m., demanded the car and opened fire, police said. When the two sped away, they were shot at again.

"They were going to a friend's house," Roy White Jr. said Monday from his Country Club Hills home. "They stopped at a stop sign about a half a block away. This guy jumped out of another car, and started shooting."

"He was no 'hangin'-out' person," his father said of his son, the eldest of six children. "He was quiet."

White III was a driver for Positive Connections school bus company, planning to work for the CTA or on the railroad like his father. "He helped me out a lot," his father said. "He was trying to do something with his life."

(The Chicago Tribune contributed to this story)

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