August 23, 2014 10:05 am -

Nine year-old Antonio Smith was shot multiple times in the chest Wednesday. Antonio, upset because his mother had denied his request for a cupcake, ran out of their Chicago apartment without his shoes. His mother went looking for him and, twenty minutes later, police were knocking on her door. He was pronounced dead an hour later, two weeks before he was to start fourth grade.


His mother said he loved to tell jokes. “All he did was joke and laugh and play,” she said. He was shot multiple times

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5 responses to Nine Year-Old Boy Gunned Down Execution Style

  1. Pistol-Packing August 23rd, 2014 at 10:50 am

    One can only express condolences to this poor family.

  2. Denise August 23rd, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Gun down by whom? Is it gang related? If so, this has got to stop. I feel sorry for his mother. This is beyond sad.

    • Dave August 23rd, 2014 at 11:52 am

      There are no suspects at this time. Police are still investigating.

  3. trees August 23rd, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    What do you say when this happens? It’s tragic, it’s one of the hardest things to understand, because it really seems senseless. A life snuffed out before it really began. I used to take living for granted, I really did, and it was because of the safety and security of living in a safe place. Death really didn’t even seem real, It wasn’t like I felt I’d live forever, I mean I knew I wouldn’t if you’d have asked me, although the good health of my youth did create an illusion of immortality, but no, it was more just being unaware of death’s shadow. I never considered death and dying with any real personal introspection, I had not a care in the world. Then my mother got sick with cancer, I was only 13 when she was diagnosed, 15 when she passed. It was a major event in my life.

    The mother of this child no doubt feels responsible, “if only I had given him the cupcake”, she must be thinking.

    My thoughts and prayers are for her this morning. No one should have to experience what she must now endure.

  4. Tommy6860 August 23rd, 2014 at 9:44 pm