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College student shot in cellphone robbery on South Side dies

Updated: February 20, 2014 6:53AM

A South Side college student who was shot despite handing his cellphone over to two robbers died Saturday.

Kevin Baker, 19, was pronounced dead at 5:45 a.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Baker, a student at Harold Washington College, was on his way back from class Thursday when the robbery and shooting happened, said neighbor and family friend Earnestine Barnette.

Baker was walking with his cousin in the 6200 block of South Campbell, a block from his home, around 4:15 p.m. when two people ­— one armed with a handgun — got out of a dark-colored van and demanded their cellphones, the police said. They handed over their phones, but the armed man opened fire anyway, shooting Baker in the head.

“Whatever they asked for, he gave it to them, and they still shot him,” said Barnette, 51. “It’s terrible.”

“That was an innocent kid,” she said. “He didn’t have anything to do with nothing out there.”

Baker, an only child, was studying to be a veterinarian.

“He had a plan for his life,” Barnette said.

He was known in the neighborhood as “the college kid that don’t hang out,” she said.

“He was real nice. He didn’t hang out in the area. He went to school and then back home,” Barnette said.

Contributing: Sun-Times Media Wire


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