Sixteen-year-old Taylor Fitting told her grandmother she was going out with some friends but wouldn't be home late Monday evening.
"I love you," she told Susan Tranchita, who had raised Taylor.
Hours later, Tranchita got a call saying Taylor was dead, shot while riding in a car in the Roseland neighborhood, about four miles from her home in Beverly.
"She's been my life for so long," Tranchita said. "What do I do without her? She's not going to be there anymore."
Police say Taylor was shot twice in the head around 9:25 p.m. near the 11200 block of South Normal Avenue. Someone took her to Roseland Community Hospital, and she was transferred to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. She was pronounced dead there at 11:45 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
No suspects are in custody, police said.
Donald Fitting, Taylor's grandfather, said family members were still waiting to learn what happened. Relatives said they've been told she was in the backseat of a car when someone on the street opened fire.
Fighting back tears, Fitting said he had taken Taylor shopping just days ago. “She was my little baby,” he said. “She was doing so good."
Speaking by phone from Highland, Ind., the grandfather said he was having trouble finding words to describe his feelings.
"She’ll be very, very missed by everyone in the family,” he said.