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Jose Aguilar

Age 14

Chicago, Illinois

He crossed into the wrong territory

He was 14 years old and parentless: his father had left and his mother had passed away.

Split by rival gangs and notorious for violence and revenge, that part of Chicago was where he and his friend crossed over the boundary into the McKinley Park neighborhood. Police said they were in a stolen car.  

On March 2, 2018, Jose Aguilar was shot in the abdomen at 10:47 a.m. He was rushed to the hospital by private ambulance and died a short time later, at 12:02 p.m.

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