ROGERS PARK — Devin McGregor, the 5-year-old boy shot this week in Rogers Park, has died, authorities and the boy’s family said Friday.
Devin died just after 8 p.m. Thursday at Lurie Children’s Hospital, where he had been in critical condition after he was shot Sunday, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
“We are deeply saddened and don’t have the words to express our grief,” Tamika Sargent, Devin’s grandmother, wrote on GoFundMe.
Devin was in a car with his parents about 5 p.m. Sunday in the 7600 block of North Paulina Street when his father, 25, stepped out of the car briefly, police said. Someone in a black Hyundai drove up, and a person in the back seat fired shots, hitting Devin in his head, police said.
Devin’s mother drove him to a hospital in Evanston. He was transferred to the intensive care unit at Lurie Children’s Hospital, where he remained until his death Thursday, his family wrote on the fundraising page.
Devin’s father was shot in his left hand and shoulder and brought himself to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he was in good condition, officials said.
Devin, who was also known as “Boom,” started kindergarten in Evanston just days before he was shot and was excited about being in school, his family told the Tribune. Sargent wrote that Devin was a happy and energetic kid.
The incident rocked the Rogers Park community, which held a prayer vigil for Devin and called for an end to violence. A call for peace was also held Friday morning outside Gale Elementary School.
Family and neighbors have donated more than $22,000 to Devin’s family as of Friday afternoon. To donate to the family, click here.
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