MARQUETTE PARK — As a little boy, Albert Lamar Guyton heard the stories of David and Goliath.
Guyton was small in stature and his aunt wanted him to know size didn’t matter. What mattered, she said, was “how great he could become.”
As a teenager, the slender, 5-foot-4-inch young man took those lessons to heart.
“Some people thought he wasn’t capable … He was always trying to do these things and prove he was capable,” said Guyton’s aunt, Charlene Parker, 53.
A beloved member of a large family, Guyton, 15, saw his life cut short while he and two friends were walking after taking a friend to the hospital.
On Feb. 28, Guyton and his friends were walking near Rockwell and 69th streets from Holy Cross Hospital when a person exited a vehicle and shot at the group.
Guyton was struck multiple times by the flying bullets. The group had been with a friend that had suffered an asthma attack.
“It was very violent, very ferocious,” Parker said, sitting on her home’s front stoop. “We don’t know the reasoning. We’ve had no follow up from police.”
Guyton, who went by his middle name, was a freshman at Robeson High School. He was not a troublesome teenager, his aunt said.
While he was part of a large family, he was the only true teenager among his cousins — a distinction that endeared him to his younger cousins because, among other things, he had the patience to teach them to play video games.
Guyton had grown up without his father, who passed away before Guyton even reached his first birthday. For Guyton’s mother, losing her son has been shocking, Parker said.
And without knowing who shot him or why, the family is left with so many unanswered questions.
“You try to work with the police department and try to respect the police and realize in your heart they have a very difficult job to do," Parker said. But it seems they don’t care to come to a conclusion as to who did this or why.”