CHICAGO — Troy Cameron wanted to provide his son with a good life.
The 22-year-old graduated from Wells Community Academy High School and was working in a River North Walgreens as a clerk. He’d recently applied for a factory job and hoped to attend college to study business, his aunt Luella Pickens said.
“I want to be able to take care of my child,” he had told her.
But on Jan. 20, 2012, Dante Simmons allegedly entered the Walgreens where Cameron worked and shot and killed him, according to published reports.
Simmons, 33, is also suspected in the slaying on Anton Sanders, 15. Simmons’s body was found in an alley the next day, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Cameron suffered from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
“He had a good heart,” Pickens said of Cameron, who lived with her in East Garfield Park. “He was really sweet. He was like an angel that came from heaven.”
Cameron had been planning to marry the mother of his 2-year-old son, Tre.
She said her nephew, whom she raised, kept to himself and out of trouble – focusing his attention on Tre.
“He worked hard as a young man,” she said. “We don’t have too many of our young men to do that.”