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Friends lit candles marking spot where 16-year-old Emilio Palomo was shot killed Sunday. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

Friends lit candles marking the spot where 16-year-old Emilio Palomo was shot and killed Sunday. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

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Updated: December 20, 2012 6:26AM



Just a few hours after Emilio Palomo, 16, was shot to death, a group of friends gathered at the scene, lit religious candles, hugged each other and prayed.

The teen was shot in the chest Sunday in an apparent drive-by in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, police said.

He was one of four people killed by gun violence over the weekend. Another 22 were injured in shooting and stabbings around the city.

Just after 10:30 a.m., Palomo was on his way to a nearby McDonald’s for breakfast when shots rang out in the 4400 block of South Hermitage Avenue, said his best friend, a 16-year-old at the memorial whose mother did not allow him to give his name.

Palomo, of the 6300 block of South Richmond Street, was pronounced dead at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County at 11:20 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Palomo, one of four children, was in his old neighborhood to hang out with friends, his best friend said.

The group of friends at the memorial remembered the slain teen, a former Richards Career Academy student who dropped out, as a “respectful” young man.

“He cared about everybody,” his best friend said.

Though police said Palomo was in a gang, his friends said that’s not true.

“He was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” his best friend said.

Just about an hour after Palomo was shot and about two miles away, a 23-year-old man was shot and killed in the 600 block of West 51st Street, authorities said.

The man was shot in the back by a gunman inside a minivan, police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said. The medical examiner’s office was not identifying the man pending family notification.

Tizoc Tobias heard what sounded like a canon go off just outside his home Sunday morning, he said. Then he counted the shots — 10 in total.

“The first reaction is to count the shots,” said Tobias, 38, standing with his 9-year-old son by the remaining police tape in the alley near his home.

The victim apparently was able to run about a block before collapsing, Tobias said. He said a car parked on 51st Street was hit by three bullets. A puddle of gasoline remained on the scene Sunday afternoon.

“Nice weather means expect some violence,” Tobias said.

The victim, who police said was a known gang member, was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital, according to police.

Two others were killed in the over the weekend.

Freddie Hernandez, 20, was standing outside in the 2500 block of South Trumbull Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday when a van pulled up and someone inside started shooting, police said. Hernandez was shot in the face and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died.

A few hours later on Saturday morning, a love triangle led to a deadly drive-by shooting at 6:30 a.m. in the 6600 block of South Bell Avenue in the Marquette Park neighborhood, police said.

Darius McGraw, 22, of the 6300 block of South Hamilton Avenue, was shot in the chest by a gunman in a vehicle, authorities said. McGraw was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he later died, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. A police source said a feud between the victim and another man over a woman sparked the shooting.

In the city, 12 others were wounded in non-fatal shootings and stabbings, authorities said.

The weekend’s non-fatal shootings and stabbings included:

On Friday, a man was shot in the neck about 6:45 p.m. in the 200 block of North Laporte Avenue, police said. The man was initially taken to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, police said, but was transferred to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

About 12:15 a.m. on Saturday, two men were shot outside a house party in the South Side Auburn Gresham neighborhood. The duo was leaving the party in the 8600 block of South Loomis Boulevard when they heard gunfire, police said. They began running and realized they had been shot.

A 19-year-old man was shot in the back and taken to Christ Medical Center in “stable” condition, police said. A 20-year-old man was taken in “stable” condition to Christ with two gunshot wounds to the shoulder.

About 1 a.m. Saturday, a 32-year-old man was driving north in the 7500 block of South Eggleston Avenue when someone approached his car and opened fire, police said. The man was taken in “stable” condition to Christ Medical Center.

About 8 p.m. Saturday, a suspected robber stabbed a 67-year-old man in the neck and wounded another man trying to stop him from fleeing near the Westin hotel in the Gold Coast.

The attacks happened in the 900 block of North Michigan Avenue. Paramedics took the man with the neck injury in serious condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, while a 35-year-old man was in good condition at the hospital with a cut to the chest.

Police said they were questioning a suspect — a 56-year-old man — and recovered a weapon. Witnesses said they saw police storm into the nearby The Cheesecake Factory and a man taken into custody near the Hancock Center.

About 8:30 p.m. Saturday, two women were shot in the Southwest Side Chicago Lawn neighborhood while they were standing on a porch in the 6100 block of South Rockwell Street, police said.

One woman, 18, was shot in the arm and was taken in good condition to Stroger Hospital, police said. Another woman, 23, was shot in the torso and side and is in good condition at Mount Sinai Hospital, police said. A police source said the women might not have been the intended targets because they do not live in the area.

Early Sunday, a man was shot in the groin in the Rogers Park neighborhood. The man, 24, was walking in the 7400 block of North Seeley Avenue about 12:45 a.m. when someone in a passing vehicle started shooting, police said. He was shot in the groin area, and also suffered a graze wound to the thigh, police said. He was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston in “stable” condition.

Another man was shot in the groin early Sunday, this one in the Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. The male, of an unknown age, was shot in the groin area about 12:30 a.m. in the 3300 block of West Walnut Street, police said.

He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, police said, though his condition was not immediately known.

About 4 a.m. Sunday, two people were shot in the Near West Side Greektown area. The shooting happened near Jackson Boulevard and Halsted Street, according to police. Details on the shooting were not known as of about 10 a.m. Sunday, but one of the victims later showed up at Mount Sinai Hospital and the other was treated at Stroger Hospital.

Contributing: Sun-Times Media Wire



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