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Pet Store Worker Shot Dead in Auburn Gresham

By Geoff Ziezulewicz | October 25, 2012 9:57am | Updated on October 25, 2012 1:38pm
 Police tape at the location where Kenton Morgan was fatally shot. Oct. 25, 2012.
Police tape at the location where Kenton Morgan was fatally shot. Oct. 25, 2012.
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AUBURN GRESHAM — A 28-year-old Auburn Gresham pet store worker was fatally shot Thursday.

Kenton Morgan was inside a vehicle on the 8000 block of South Halsted Street when an unknown gunman shot him around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday before fleeing, according to police.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the medical examiner's office.

No one else was injured in the shooting and no suspects have been arrested, according to police.

Morgan lived in his grandmother’s house on the 8600 block of South Justine Street and was “a hell of a nice young man,” neighbor Charlie Causey said.

Causey said he had known Morgan since he was a child and that he was always quiet and a bit of a loner.

Other than the occasional girl in his car, “he was always by himself,” Causey said.

Around the corner at Golden’s Tropical World, a pet store on Ashland Avenue, owner Carl Golden said Morgan worked there for nearly five years and loved animals.

Morgan had a variety of pets during his life, everything from snakes to iguanas and alligators, according to Eric Golden, the owner’s son and a friend of Morgan.

“One time he even had a monkey,” Eric Golden said, who was supposed to play basketball on the day Morgan died.

Morgan loved the Chicago Bulls and working, even though he had an inheritance and did not need to, Eric Golden said.

“Even on his off days, he would come up here and talk to us,” he said. “He was like a brother to me.”