CHICAGO (SCS) — A poignant moment in memory of a young hit-and-run victim; Friends and family paid tribute on Friday to 23-year-old Jaylen Ausley, one of three men killed outside a South Shore bar on Sunday.
Four men were hit by a car outside the Jeffery Pub early Sunday morning, killing three of them. The driver who hit them fled.
At her son’s memorial, Nichelle Weathers said Ausley was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“Jaylen didn’t deserve what happened, and I want to be sure that no matter what anyone knows, my son was always a positive influence on everyone. He was a positive light,” he said. said Nichelle Weathers.
The commemoration took place at the Gary Comer Youth Center at 72nd and Ingleside in Greater Grand Crossing, during a back-to-school block party.
Ausley was a mentor at the youth center. A graduate of the University of Michigan, he dreamed of attending an Ivy League graduate school.
The other two men killed in the hit-and-run were Devonta Vivetter, 27, and Donald Huey, 25.
Police say the driver who hit them appeared to be speeding, and investigators believe the crash was intentional. Jeffery Pub is a black-owned gay bar, but police said they still have no evidence the attack was a hate crime.