COUNTRY CLUB HILLS, Ill. (WLS) — A 14-year-old student who was killed in a shooting after Hillcrest High School’s homecoming football game Friday evening has been identified, authorities said.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as 14-year-old Marshawn Mitchell of Hazel Crest.
Mitchell was a Hillcrest High School student, the Bremen High School District 228 said in a statement.
“It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the devastating loss of one of our Hillcrest High School students following a shooting incident that occurred on 175th Street, after the conclusion of the varsity homecoming game Friday evening,” the statemen read. “Our hearts go out to the families and friends of all those involved in this tragedy. We in District 228 are committed to the safety and overall well-being of our students and staff. The District will have supporting resources available on Monday for anyone who may need them.”
Hillcrest High School’s homecoming dance, which was originally scheduled for Saturday, has been canceled, the school district said.
Officers responded to the area near the school at 17401 S Pulaski Rd. around 9 p.m., the Country Club Hills Police Department said.
The victim was located with multiple gunshot wounds and taken to a hospital, initially in serious condition. He was later pronounced dead around 9:40 p.m. according to the medical examiner’s office.
Details surrounding the circumstances of the shooting were not immediately known. Country Club Hills police continue to investigate.
The Hillcrest High School Hawks Football team posted the following statement on social media overnight:
“We are all saddened by the events that happened tonight after our Homecoming football Game against Oak Forest. There is an active investigation by all the appropriate authorities! We are praying for all involved! Please pray for our staff and students who have been affected by this unfortunate, senseless act of violence!”