This is the second tragedy to hit the family in days.

Late Friday night, Baker's 16-year-old cousin was killed after getting into a fight at a party in the West Woodlawn neighborhood, about four miles from where Baker was shot.

Marquise Harris was shot in the chest around 11:20 p.m. in a basement apartment of a two-story tan brick building in the 6200 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue where he lived, officials said.

Harris and his girlfriend began arguing, police said. Someone intervened, and he and Harris began fighting, police said. The other person left but returned soon after and shot the 16-year-old in the chest, according to police.

Theresa Taylor, 49, who lives a few houses down from Baker, said her son was shot in 2010 but survived: "This generation has a lot of problems," she said.

Baker and his family came over to Taylor’s house last weekend to celebrate her 1-year-old grandchild’s birthday. He played with the kids and took photos with the guests.

“I would love to see him walk out of the hospital," she said. "I want to see him accomplish his dreams.”

Earnestine Barnette, 51, and her daughter, Simone Barnette, 21, live a few doors away and consider themselves family to Baker.

"We grew up together," Simone said.  "We talk about everything together. He always tells me to stay out of trouble."

Contributing: Andrew Zuick, assignment editor for WGN-TV, and Tribune reporters Peter Nickeas and Adam Sege.

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