LOGAN SQUARE — Before his life was cut short by gunfire, Ricky Pike’s dream was to open a restaurant.
Pike, 24, was killed Aug. 3 in the 2100 block of North St. Louis Avenue, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
According to Ricky’s father, Stephen Pike, the Cordon Bleu cooking school graduate was shot and killed while parking his car in Logan Square.
“Ricky had no gang affiliations whatsoever,” said his father. “The person who did the shooting was a gang guy. I don’t know why he shot that particular car.”
Pike’s memorial service was heavily attended by friends from Lincoln Park High School where he had played football.
It was a vigil much like the one Pike himself had attended when his closest friend, DePaul University student Frankie Valencia, was shot and killed by a gang member in 2009.
“Those two cases were of good guys who hadn’t been involved with [anything drug or gang related] and got killed,” the elder Pike said. “I’ve been trying to deal with the loss. I hope the police can solve [the case]."
Pike was working at Goodwin’s, a restaurant in the Loop, as a cook, his father said.