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Boy, 13, killed in Uptown ‘so young to die’: family

The outside Laurie's Pizzeri 5153 N. Broadway where Ivan Alanis 13 years old  7400 block North Western Avenue

The outside of Laurie's Pizzeria at 5153 N. Broadway where Ivan Alanis, 13 years old, of the 7400 block of North Western Avenue, was shot by gunfire. | Al Podgorski~Chicago Sun-Times

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Updated: July 3, 2012 12:18PM

Thirteen-year-old Ivan Alanis died in his sister’s arms at an Uptown pizzeria, the dead boy’s family said Tuesday.

Ivan met his older sister and a male acquaintance at a restaurant in the 5100 block of North Broadway at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, when an unknown male fired shots into the pizzeria, police and the boy’s family said.

“He was a nice boy, he was just a really nice boy,” said the boy’s sister-in-law, Jennifer Montes. “He was into soccer. He was so young to die. He was the baby” of the family.

Ivan’s death came after a violent Memorial Day weekend in which ten people were killed in Chicago. Ivan was an eighth grader at Armstrong Elementary School, Montes said.

The manager of the restaurant, Laurie’s, a late night take-out spot with an adjoining liquor store and longtime anchor of the corner at Broadway and Foster, said the boy had been standing in the restaurant with his sister and another man, when the man the siblings were with got into an argument with another man in the restaurant.

“The man he argued with left, then came back with a gun and started shooting,” said manager Cherion Amka.  “The kid got shot. It’s terrible.”

Montes said the boy’s sister, Julie Alanis, cradled him while awaiting paramedics.

“Julie was holding him when he died. ... She’s so devastated and in shock. She can’t even talk to anybody,” Montes said.

Ivan, who lived in the 7400 block of North Western and had eight siblings, was initially taken in critical condition to Advocate Illinois Medical Center, police said.

He was pronounced dead there at 3:16 a.m. Tuesday, according to the medical examiner’s office.

No one was in custody Tuesday, but Area North detectives are investigating.

Police said the shooting may have been gang-related.

And late Tuesday, two men tattooed with gang symbols were spotted spraying gang graffiti on the brick exterior of Laurie’s, along with “R.I.P.,” then lining candles against the wall. The men could be heard warning restaurant employees not to touch the candles.

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