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Congressman’s Teen Grandson Murdered in Fight over Gym Shoes: Police


rep-danny-davis-via-c-spanThe teen grandson of U.S. Congressman Danny Davis (D-Illinois) was murdered Friday night in Chicago. It was all over a pair of gym shoes, police said.

15-year-old Javon Wilson was at home with his two little brothers, police told The Chicago Tribune. Their mom was out getting food, and while she was gone, two other teens allegedly entered home and started arguing with Javon. Things got heated and one of the suspects, a 15-year-old boy, shot the victim in the head, police said. In an interview with the Tribune, Davis said the other teen was a 17-year-old girl.

“He was a typical 15-year-old,” Davis said about Javon. “He liked basketball. If you listened to him he was a basketball star, but he liked basketball and music. All those kinds of things. He was an avid sports fan. He knew all about, you know, the stats of different players.”

Chicago ‘s murder rate is infamous nationwide, to the point the city has been called “Chi-raq.” It had more killings than New York City and Los Angeles in 2015, though it did better than some smaller cities on a per capita basis, according to a Tribune article from January.

Update – November 20, 6:00 a.m.: A police spokesman made this announcement.

Update – 9:17 a.m. Some early media reports, including our own, had the victim’s name as “Jovan.” This is not the case, so we’ve corrected the spelling to Javon.

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