The bright future of 16-year-old Kabiru Adewunmi was tragically snuffed out Tuesday night, as he was killed walking with friends to a convenience store on Chicago's South Side.
Adewunmi, an optimistic, intelligent teen born in Nigeria, had played for the Chicago Fire's 17-and-under soccer league, where he attracted the attention of Division I scouts from around the country, the Chicago Tribune reports. His coach, Sole Antonijevic, told the Tribune that he could well have been destined for a career in the pros.
But on the night of his death, Adewunmi was celebrating a different sport. The Chicago Bulls had just eliminated the Indiana Pacers in the NBA playoffs, advancing to the conference semifinals. Adewunmi and his friends were celebrating that win around 9:30 on Tuesday when they were attacked, according to CBS.
The incident appeared to be gang-related, although Adewunmi had just moved to the neighborhood and had no connection to gangs.
He was found unresponsive in an alley, and was pronounced dead from multiple gunshot wounds at 10:30 that night at Jackson Park Hospital, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
As of Friday morning, authorities have no one in custody in the shooting.