Caleb Reed, a junior at Mather High School in West Ridge, speaks during a June 16, 2020, press conference outside City Hall about Chicago City Council legislation that would have terminated a $33 million contract between the Chicago Police Department and Chicago Public Schools. Reed was gunned down July 31, 2020, in West Rogers Park. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times
“Caleb was a son, a brother, a community organizer, and a neighbor. His light and potential have been extinguished at the hands of gun violence, like so many others in Chicago,” Ald. Andre Vasquez (40th) said.
A student leader with a youth activist group that has been prominent in the push to remove police from Chicago Public Schools died Sunday morning after he was shot two days earlier in the West Rogers Park neighborhood.
Caleb Reed, a 17-year-old junior at Mather High School on the North Side, just weeks earlier had spoken about his traumatic experience with officers at his school at a news conference with public officials ahead of a Board of Education vote on a $33 million contract with the Chicago Police Department.
Late last week, officers found Reed lying on a sidewalk about 1 p.m. Friday in the 1900 block of West Granville Avenue, authorities said. He had been shot in the head and was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, according to Chicago police.
Reed died at the hospital about 6:40 a.m. Sunday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Area Three detectives are investigating the shooting.
Reed was a student leader with the group Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE), which has been one of several student groups advocating for the removal of officers from CPS.
Ald. Andre Vasquez (40th) described Reed as “a light in our community,” retweeting a post from student-led anti-violence group GoodKids MadCity that highlighted Reed’s activism.
Caleb lived and was shot in our ward this weekend. He was a light in our community that was extinguished too soon. We need to address the root causes of #GunViolence so that we stop losing our people. I ask that people help continue the work he was doing and pray for the family. https://t.co/WFWv9DXY2Z
— Andre Vasquez, Political Account (@Andrefor40th) August 3, 2020
“Caleb was a son, a brother, a community organizer, and a neighbor. His light and potential have been extinguished at the hands of gun violence, like so many others in Chicago,” Vasquez said in a statement. “As a city we need to address the root causes of this violence, which is the segregation and disinvestment in the communities that need it the most for generations now.”
“Caleb was also an activist and advocate – most recently for the movement to remove School Resource Officers out of Chicago Public Schools. I ask that we honor his work by continuing it and we pray for his family,” Vasquez continued.
Reed spoke at a rally in June alongside other activists and Ald. Jeanette Taylor (20th) and Ald. Rod Sawyer (6th) to …read more
Source:: Chicago Sun Times