15-year-old boy killed while delivering newspapers in Chicago

James Marshall
December 18, 2017

A 15-year-old who was delivering the Sunday Chicago Tribune to earn money for his sister's birthday present was fatally shot in a southwest Chicago neighborhood on the morning of December 17.

Fifteen-year-old Brian Jasso was out with his stepfather delivering the Chicago Tribute when their auto was rear-ended.

The shooter took off in the white vehicle, officials said. No one was in custody Sunday night and a motive was not immediately apparent. The boy's stepdad is an independent contractor who delivers the Tribune and other newspapers.

Campeano said he ducked, pushed his stepson down into his lap and tried to get away.

"They started shooting at us from behind", said stepfather Erick Campeano told ABC News. Jasso suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene. The stepfather was not injured.

"I feel rage, helplessness", Campeano said, according to ABC7. "I don't understand. We were on our way to work". "I will remember my son as my great hero", Manzano said. Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that detectives were interviewing witnesses and searching for video that may have captured the shooting or the events that led to it. He said they are also looking at whether it was an attempted carjacking. Neither the teen of the stepfather had any known gang affiliation.

Residents said that there isn't a lot of gang activity in the area, while local business owners turned surveillance footage over to the police. The shooting could have been a case of mistaken identity related to a shooting late Saturday that left two dead in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood, Guglielmi said.

Riccio said witnesses of the shooting shortly before 7 a.m. Sunday told detectives that the stepfather was at a stop sign on the city's Southwest Side when a white van appeared to accelerate and strike his vehicle.

In that incident, a 25-year-old man, a 20-year-old man, and a 21-year-old woman were shot by a pedestrian while driving in a auto.

Chicago Tribune publisher and editor Bruce Dold says the newspaper is "saddened and stunned by the news". The older man and the woman were killed, the younger man critically wounded, struck by several bullets.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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