Two arrested in murder of IL congressman's grandson

CHICAGO — Police said late Saturday that they had taken two teenage suspects into custody in the shooting death of the 15-year-old grandson of Rep. Danny Davis.

Jovan Wilson, the grandson of the the longtime U.S. House member, was fatally shot Friday in a dispute that may have started over a pair of gym shoes, police said.

“Detectives are continuing interrogations. 1st Degree murder charges are expected,” Anthony Guglielmi, Chicago Police Department’s chief spokesman, wrote on Twitter.

Jovan was at his home in the city’s Englewood neighborhood on the South Side around 6:45 p.m. CT Friday when the suspected shooter, also a teen, and another person came to his house and began arguing with the boy about a pair of shoes, according to police.

“That dispute escalated and turned physical and one of the offenders pulled out a gun and shot the victim in the head,” Guglielmi said. "There was a history between the young people involved, and it was a dispute over gym shoes among minors. This was not random but was egregious and senseless to use a gun over a fight for clothes."

Guglielmi told USA TODAY that the two suspects turned themselves into detectives around 8 p.m. and were being interrogated late Saturday.

Davis, a Democrat whose district includes a swath of Chicago and the western suburbs, said that Jovan's 16-year-old sister, two younger brothers, and uncle were in the house when the incident occurred. He described the assailants as a 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl.

"What could have prevented this tragedy? Better education, more supervision (and) after school activity. Better parenting," Davis said. "I grieve for my family. I grieve for the young man who pulled the trigger. I grieve for his family, his parents, his friends."

 

 
 


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