Noble Schools confirms 2 students among Benito Juarez Community Academy shooting victims – NBC Chicago

Noble Schools confirmed on Saturday that two of their students were among four victims of a shooting just outside Benito Juarez Community Academy on Friday afternoon that killed two teenagers and injured two others.

The Noble Network of Charter Schools said in a statement that one of its students was killed and another was injured in Friday’s shooting at Pilsen High School.

“We recently learned of the senseless gun violence that claimed the lives of two students and injured two others outside Benito Juarez High School. It is with heavy hearts that we share that one of the students killed and one of the students injured are noble students. We extend our condolences to the families of these students and stand in solidarity with the Benito Juarez High School community as they mourn during this time. Noble and CPS are working with CPD as they confirm more details. I am deeply saddened whenever gun violence affects our schools and communities. »

It is currently unknown whether the other two victims of the shooting which killed two teenagers and injured two others are CPS students.

Firefighters said police and paramedics responded to a shooting shortly before 3pm at the school in the 2100 block of South Laflin Street where four people were discovered with gunshot wounds.

According to the police:

  • A 14-year-old boy was punched in the head and taken to Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced dead
  • A 15-year-old boy was punched in the head and taken to Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced dead
  • A 15-year-old girl suffered a thigh scrape and was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition.
  • A 15-year-old boy was struck in the shoulder and thigh and was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition.

The 15-year-old boy who succumbed to his injuries has been identified as Brandon Perez.

On Saturday, Noble Schools confirmed in a statement that one of the teens killed and one of the teens injured were students at a Noble Network of Charter Schools school.

“We recently learned of the senseless gun violence that claimed the lives of two students and injured two others outside Benito Juarez High School. It is with heavy hearts that we share that one of the students killed and one of the students injured are noble students. We extend our condolences to the families of these students and stand in solidarity with the Benito Juarez High School community as they mourn during this time. Noble and CPS are working with CPD as they confirm more details. I am deeply saddened whenever gun violence affects our schools and communities. »

Chicago police spokesman Tom Ahern confirmed the shooting happened outside the school and added that a ‘clear light’ was issued to students still inside of the school by the CPS.

Police said no suspects were in custody or identified after the shooting.

Chicago Public Schools released the following statement Friday afternoon:

The safety of our school community is our top priority. This afternoon we received reports that shots were fired outside Benito Juarez High School shortly after the dismissal. The Chicago Police Department (CPD) and paramedics responded quickly to the scene. The CPS remains in close contact with the CPD and this incident is being investigated. The CPS Office of Safety and Security and other District leaders are working closely with school management and staff as well as the CPD to gather information and respond to this incident. CPS will keep the Benito Juarez families informed as well as the community at large. Our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragedy. We provide crisis team resources to students and staff.

There is currently no further information.



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