Former Proviso East three-sport athlete dies after shooting in Maywood
BY JON SEIDEL Staff Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org May 16, 2013 9:44AM
Deshawn McCarthy ran track for Proviso East High School in 2012. | Jerry Daliege~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 18, 2013 8:09AM
Dashamone McCarty came home to Maywood barely a week ago after his first year of college.
He had plans.
A former coach said he expected McCarty to take a bus ride with the Proviso East High School track team Thursday to support his alma mater — where he had been known as Deshawn McCarthy — before a sectional meet.
And Ryan Jones, the former high school teammate McCarty once lived with, said they planned to sign up for summer classes together at Triton College.
Instead, Jones said he had to go identify McCarty, his “brother,” after Maywood police said McCarty was fatally shot in the head late Wednesday at Fourth and Fillmore in the western suburb.
“We’re supposed to work out today,” said Jones despondently. “But things happen.”
Maywood Police Chief Tim Curry said the 19-year-old was shot while sitting in the back of a moving car around 10:55 p.m. Wednesday.
Friends said the shooting happened while McCarty was on his way to get something to eat.
He was taken to Loyola University Medical Center, where the medical examiner’s office said he died at 8:15 a.m.
McCarty played track, football and basketball at Proviso East. Friends and coaches said they knew him there as Deshawn McCarthy, a name he also used on social media accounts. He also went by the nickname “Spuddy.”
The track meet went on as planned Thursday. And Frederick Burks Jr., a former teammate nicknamed “Little Spuddy,” won the long jump and qualified for the state finals.
He said he did it for McCarty.
“It was hard this morning for me to come out here,” Burks said. “But we all just got together and said, ‘We are going to do it for Spuddy.’”
Team rosters show McCarty continued to play football and basketball at Dakota College in Bottineau, N.D.
“In my four years of coaching, and my five years of playing, I’ve never met a tougher competitor,” said Cory Fehringer, the head basketball coach at Dakota College.
Fehringer said he planned to send one of McCarty’s jerseys to his family, and he will hang the other in the team locker room.
“As long as I’m the head coach of Dakota College no one’s going to wear his jersey,” Fehringer said.
McCarty’s jersey number was 24.
“I’m not sure anyone can work hard enough to wear that jersey again,” Fehringer said.
Scottie Ware, who said he coached McCarty in all three sports at Proviso East, said McCarty was definitely “our MVP” on the basketball team even though he didn’t start.
“Everybody looked up to him,” Ware said. “He was the one we looked to to calm the team down or get them going. He was an extension of the coaching staff.”
Steven Tadlock, the former head football coach at Proviso East, touted McCarty’s school-record four interceptions in a single football game.
David Hart, an assistant football coach at Proviso East, described McCarty as a “young man who was beating the odds.” Hart said McCarty had a “rough life” and Jones said his friend “had a hard time” growing up.
“That’s why he stayed with us,” Jones said. “I’ve got both parents. I wanted him to stay with us so that he could live the way I live so he didn’t have to struggle.”
But Tadlock said McCarty used athletics to work toward a better life, and he said McCarty had the support of his teammates and his coaches.
“This was a kid who was supposed to make it,” Tadlock said.
Contributing: Matt Le Cren