A high school sophomore studying to be an architect was shot to death as she stood with friends in a backyard in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the Southwest Side, police said.
Porshe Foster, 15, was with several other teens when someone walked up and opened fire around 9:20 p.m. Monday in the 6900 block of South Campbell Avenue, according to police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro, citing preliminary information.
Porshe was struck in the back and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in critical condition, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. She was pronounced dead there at 10:06 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Police said the shooting apparently was gang-related but that Porshe did not appear to be the intended target. A red vehicle was seen driving around the block several times before the shooting, but authorities have not determined whether it was related to the shooting, police said.
No suspects were in custody this morning.
Porshe was with her best friend when she was shot, her mother Bonita Foster told the Tribune this morning. She was able to make it inside a nearby home before collapsing, her best friend told Foster.
The friend called Foster, who said she rushed to Advocate Christ but her daughter was already dead. "She didn't deserve it at all," Foster said.
Foster was a sophomore at Ace Technical Charter High School, where she played basketball and volleyball and was studying to be an architect, her mother said. She leaves behind her parents, five older sisters and an older brother.
Bonita Foster asked for prayers for her family, and she urged anyone with information about the shooting to go to the police.
“This thing has to be stopped,” Foster said. “It’s foolishness. The only thing that was accomplished is that you just ripped our hearts out of our chests. And for what?”
Community activist Andrew Holmes also called on "anybody that knows any information, just turn this information over. Someone that was in that crew knows who fired and discharged that weapons and took that young lady's life.
"This is somebody's child killing another child."