GRAND CROSSING — Lucian Dreux, 17, was brutally gunned down less than two hours after he returned to his Chatham neighborhood from a Wisconsin camping trip, his family said.
Dreux was on the 7900 block of South Drexel Avenue in Grand Crossing on Sept. 25 when a young man on a bike, his face masked with a t-shirt, fired into a crowd on the corner, said Dreux’s sister, Lakeshia McCaskill. A 42-year-old woman was also struck, according to Chicago police.
Dreux was taken to Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. No one has been charged in Dreux’s killing, police said.
Dreux and his grandmother had been camping in Lake Geneva, Wisc. and had just returned home, McCaskill said.
Dreux, who was called “Julio” by his family, was an adventurous teenager who rock climbed and spent times outdoors with his grandmother, his family said.
“He was all over the country,” an older brother said. “He went on an airplane and everything.”
And his family laments that Dreux, the youngest of his four siblings, won’t get a chance to live through the regular things in life.
“This was his year to go to prom,” McCaskill said, noting that Dreux had grown up in the neighborhood and was known as a ladies’ man. “Everybody knew Julio and loved him. If you were having a bad day, he’d brighten it up no matter what. That’s just how he was.”