STU­DENT AC­TIVIST KILLED IN SHOOT­ING WEEKS AF­TER PROTEST­ING PO­LICE PRES­ENCE IN CPS

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY SAM KELLY, CST WIRE RE­PORTER skelly@sun­times.com | @sgon­za­lezkelly

A stu­dent leader with a youth ac­tivist group that has been prom­i­nent in the push to re­move po­lice from Chicago Public Schools died Sun­day morn­ing af­ter he was shot two days ear­lier in the West Rogers Park neigh­bor­hood.

Caleb Reed, a 17-year-old ju­nior at Mather High School on the North Side, just weeks ear­lier had spo­ken about his trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence with of­fi­cers at his school at a news con­fer­ence ahead of a Board of Ed­u­ca­tion vote on a $33 mil­lion con­tract with the Chicago Po­lice Depart­ment.

Late last week, of­fi­cers found Reed ly­ing on a side­walk about 1 p.m. Fri­day in the 1900 block of West Granville Av­enue, author­i­ties said. He had been shot in the head and was taken to St. Fran­cis Hos­pi­tal in Evanston, ac­cord­ing to Chicago po­lice.

Reed died at the hos­pi­tal about 6:40 a.m. Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to the Cook County med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice.

Reed was a stu­dent leader with the group Voices of Youth in Chicago Ed­u­ca­tion (VOYCE), one of sev­eral stu­dent groups ad­vo­cat­ing for the re­moval of of­fi­cers from CPS.

Ald. An­dre Vasquez (40th) de­scribed Reed as “a light in our com­mu­nity,” retweet­ing a post from stu­dent-led anti-vi­o­lence group GoodKids MadCity that high­lighted Reed’s ac­tivism.

Reed spoke at a rally in June along­side other ac­tivists and Ald. Jeanette Tay­lor (20th) and Ald. Rod Sawyer (6th) to protest the con­tract be­tween CPS and CPD, which the school board soon af­ter nar­rowly voted to keep in­tact for now.

Caleb Reed

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