ROSELAND, CHICAGO - Two 13-year-old boys who were found shot in a vacant home and later pronounced dead on Thursday morning have now been identified, authorities said.
Shortly before 7:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, neighbors on the 11400 block of S. Calument Avenue in the Roseland neighborhood told media that they woke to the sound of several gunshots.
Police responded to a vacant home on the above block where they found two boys with gunshot wounds inside.
One of the boys was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene. The second boy had a gunshot wound to the neck and chest and was unresponsive but still alive at the time first responders arrived. He was rushed to Comer Children's Hospital, where he died from his injuries a short time later.
The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office later identified one of the boys as 13-year-old Michael Hence. The teen's mother told ABC7 Chicago that he had run away several times recently and that she'd been trying to steer him toward a better path.
The other boy, Quentin Branch, 13, was identified by the CCMEO on Saturday afternoon.
Both of the boys were from the nearby area. Hence lived off 117th Street, and Branch lived off 111th Street.
There is no offender in custody and Area 2 Detectives are investigating.
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“Chicago Shooting: 13-Year-Old Boy Id'd as 1 of 2 Killed in Roseland, Medical Examiner Says.” ABC7 Chicago, November 19, 2022. https://abc7chicago.com/roseland-shooting-teen-shot-and-killed-chicago-police-news/12469054/. ↩︎
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