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Benito Juarez High School Shooting Victims To Be Honored At Monday Vigil

Volunteers with Chicago Peacekeepers will be outside the school Monday morning to help students feel safe as they return to class.

The two boys killed in Friday's shooting were identified as Brandon Perez, 15, and Nathan Billegas, 14.
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PILSEN — A Monday afternoon vigil will honor the two teens who were shot to death while leaving school Friday outside Benito Juarez high school.

The vigil begins at 3 p.m. under the bridge near Benito Juarez Community Academy, 2150 S. Laflin St. There will also be a community-led discussion 5-8 p.m. at 2015 S. Laflin St. where attendees will talk about solutions to violence.

A group of volunteers in yellow vests from the Chicago Peacekeepers were outside the school Monday morning to help students feel safe as they return to class.

Tio Hardiman, founder of Violence Interruptors, said volunteers were on the ground in Pilsen trying to calm tensions and prevent retaliatory violence.

“No kid that attends this high school should ever have to worry about losing his or her life,” he said.

The Friday afternoon shooting rocked the community. A gunman opened fire about 2:45 p.m. — just as students were leaving for the day — shooting four teens right outside the school.

Two boys were shot in their heads and died at the hospital, police said. They were identified as Brandon Perez, 15, and Nathan Billegas, 14, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The families of both boys are raising money via GoFundMe to cover their funeral expenses. You can donate to Brandon’s family here, and Nathan’s family here.

A 15-year-old boy was hit in his thigh and shoulder, and a 15-year-old girl’s thigh was grazed, police said. They were hospitalized in good condition, police said.

The victims were students at Juarez.

Police released images of the suspected gunman Saturday:

Credit: Chicago Police Department
Police released surveillance footage of the suspected shooter in Friday’s shooting outside Benito Juarez High School.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact detectives at 312-744-8261 or report a tip anonymously at

This is at least the third shooting to take place during dismissal at a Chicago public high school this school year.

Four students were shot outside Schurz High School in Old Irving Park during the first week of classes in August. Earlier this month, a 15-year-old student was killed outside Michele Clark Magnet High School on the Near West Side.

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