ENGLEWOOD — Rashard Wilson was a passionate dancer who dedicated multiple years of his life to the South Shore Drill Team in Grand Crossing.
On May 22, according to police reports, the 30-year-old man was shot down by an armed robber at the 7000 block of South Perry Avenue in Englewood.
He died from a gunshot wound to the back, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. His death was ruled a homicide and no charges have been filed.
His mother, who did not want to be named for this story, said Wilson was able to touch the lives of young teens through his work with the drill team.
“He was a real good go-to person,” she said. “He’d give a lot of people advice. Young kids were very much into him.”
Sara Vlajcic, administrative director of South Shore Drill Team, said Wilson was “a great performer who loved the group.”
Wilson’s sister, Rasheedah Wilson, agreed.
“He helped young kids who were struggling on the streets. He helped them to get off the streets and have a place to go,” she said.
His sister said her brother also loved music and dancing and had just started to manage several local groups that were trying to break into the music industry.
“He loved to dance. He was just a well-rounded person. Very happy-go-lucky,” said his mother.
Wilson also left behind a four-year-old daughter.
“He loved that little girl,” Rasheedah Wilson said. “He was very loving and a family kind of person.”