16-Year-Old Boy Shot to Death In Front of Chicago Church

16-Year-Old Boy Shot to Death In Front of Chicago Church
Officials remove the body of Michael Flourney, 16, from the sidewalk in front of St. Anthony’s Church in the Burnside neighborhood. (Pete Nickeas, Chicago Tribune / April 6, 2014)

A 16-year-old boy was shot to death and lay dead in front of a brick two-story church at the corner of 93rd and Dobson for about three hours while detectives tried to investigate and relatives mourned.

He was shot in front of St. Anthony’s Church about 7:55 p.m. Saturday and pronounced dead 10 minutes later, a couple blocks east of Cottage Grove Avenue and under a bridge whose potholes have exposed a red brick road underneath.

“You could put five more hundred police out here, it ain’t gon’ stop these little cats,” said 45-year-old Darnell Lee, a pastor at Harvest International Ministry at 127th and Halsted on the Far South Side.

A helicopter thumped overhead while relatives and friends gathered in groups of six or eight a block or two back from the scene. They converged on a sidewalk with the best view of the body when the van arrived that would take Michael Flournoy to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy tomorrow.

They mourned quietly, for the most part. Sobs from Flournoy’s mother could be heard blocks away in the quiet neighborhood, separated from the traffic on 95th Street and Cottage Grove by two blocks of industrial space and a viaduct to the east.

Lee stood outside the scene in a blue Pelle Pelle jacket and a black Levi hat and offered words of consolation to some of the mourners. A woman brushing her teeth watched from a picture window that had a “Jackson State University” decal toward the bottom.

A detective and a woman nearby argued briefly before the detective walked away. He appeared exasperated by the lack of cooperation and the screams of a woman displeased by the police department’s efforts preventing crime.

The exchange, which lasted less than a minute, appeared to start when the detective tried to question someone.

“Do what you supposed to do around here and our kids wouldn’t end up dead!” a woman shouted at a detective.

A man standing near the woman tried to calm her down.

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Source: Chicago Tribune | Peter Nickeas and Jeremy Gorner

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