20-Year-Old Chicago Woman Who Won Modeling Contest, Shot and Killed

Kaylyn Pryor
Kaylyn Pryor

A 20-year-old woman who had just won a modeling contest was shot and killed Monday in Chicago, authorities said.

Kaylyn Pryor, of Evanston, Ill., was shot under her right arm near in the Englewood neighborhood, Chicago police said. She was later pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Also shot was a 15-year-old boy, said Officer Nicole Trainor, a police spokeswoman. He was shot in the right buttock and was in critical condition at Christ, she said. Police earlier said the boy was a documented gang member but have since retracted that information.

This fall, Pryor won the “Mario, Make Me a Model” competition. She competed with almost 500 other applicants over several months, leading up to a fashion show in Chicago on Sept. 25.

Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas, which sponsored the contest, released a statement from founder Mario Tricoci:

“We are saddened and broken-hearted to learn of the tragic passing of Kaylyn Pryor. Our hearts and prayers go out to her family. This touches every one of us who knew and worked with her. Kaylyn will be remembered for her kind and generous spirit. She truly was beautiful inside and out.”

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Source: Chicago Tribune | Kaylyn Pryor