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In violent weekend, teenager fatally shot in possible case of mistaken identity

Daquan Boyd’s relatives spent most of their Sunday morning on the front porch of their West Side home, still in disbelief over what had happened overnight.

Boyd, 18, was fatally shot late Saturday night while coming home after a popular neighborhood festival. For several hours, his body lay underneath a foggy street lamp in an alley where he tried to escape. And now, the family had to go to the morgue and put together funeral arrangements.

“All the youth are getting killed. The youth are the future,” said Boyd’s father, George Spivey, 38, as he sat near the stairs. “And what kind of future are we going to have if the youth keeps on getting killed?”

From Friday evening into early Sunday morning, at least six people died and 28 were wounded across the city, spanning neighborhoods from Roseland to West Rogers Park. The victims ranged in age from 16 to 46 years old, though ages in a few cases were not given.

Boyd and his friend, also 18, were shot about 11:30 p.m. Saturday in the 0-100 block of South Parkside Avenue, just a few blocks from his home in the South Austin neighborhood and less than a block from the Austin District police station.

The two victims are not affiliated with any gangs, police said, leading them to speculate that the shootings may have been a case of mistaken identity.

Earlier that day, Boyd attended the Taste of Austin, a neighborhood festival and parade, but stopped by his home in the 5400 block of West Adams Street a few times to check-in and pick up his bicycle, his family said.

While on his way home from the fest, Boyd ran into a friend on South Parkside Avenue. The two were standing in front of an apartment building when two other men on bicycles approached them and opened fire, authorities said.

The shooters fled after the friend was struck in the side and Boyd was wounded in lower back. Boyd managed to escape into the alley but died there, authorities and relatives said. His friend was taken to Stroger Hospital and is expected to survive, authorities said.

At the scene, Boyd’s relatives embraced one another and cried. Boyd’s twin sister, Daquanta, and their father held hands as they approached the red tape that surrounded Daquan Boyd’s body.

When they arrived, a detective set his left arm on the father’s right shoulder and guided him away.

“I feel like it’s kind of hard to keep my head up and function,” said his twin sister on Sunday, as she looked toward the ground. “It’s kind of weird walking out by myself and knowing he’s not going to come back.”

Boyd’s body lay in the alley for almost five hours, upsetting his family and friends who waited nearby.

“They figured, black person, gunshots…oh, it’s gang-related,” said Boyd’s cousin, Tameika Boyd, 30. “But not every black person that lives in the city of Chicago and gets shot is in a gang. It just happens.”

The youngest of six children, Boyd would have been a senior at VOISE Academy High School in South Austin, his family said.

When he wasn’t at school, he played basketball and spent time with his girlfriend. He also liked to rap and hang out with his friends. He talked about attending college in the future, possibly the University of Nebraska, his father said.

The teen was saving money for senior prom by helping out in local theater set design, according to his family.

“He was a pretty likable kid,” said his father. “He didn’t cause any type of problems. ... That’s why I don’t understand the situation that occurred. Every individual that came across him always had something good to say.”

Tribune reporter George Knue contributed.

pnickeas@tribune.com

jmdelgado@tribune.com

 

Copyright © 2015, RedEye
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