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Slain High School Freshman Dreamed of Joining the Military

By DNAinfo Staff on May 17, 2013 12:40pm

  Marqui Thompson, 15, was fatally shot in Auburn Gresham Thursday night.
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AUBURN GRESHAM — Marqui Thompson's aunt said the high school freshman had dreams just like any other boy his age.

"He wanted to graduate from high school, go to college, join the military and someday have a family," Shatocka White said.

Marqui, 15, was fatally shot in his head Thursday night in the 8600 block of South Ashland Avenue, police said.

Three men attacked the teen about 9 p.m. and fled, police said.

Marqui was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in critical condition and pronounced dead there at 9:35 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Family, who were gathered on the porch of his home in the 8400 block of South Aberdeen Street Friday morning, said they didn't understand why Marqui was killed.

The second of five siblings and the only boy, Marqui was with a group escorting a female friend home, White said.

Police confirmed that Marqui was walking with friends.

Described by family as a "good, average boy" who never engaged with gang culture, Marqui loved to play baseball, football and particularly basketball. When he wasn't playing video games or at school, he often spent time on the courts in Foster Park.

Marqui was a student at Air Force Academy High School in Armour Square, more than 8 miles from his home.

That distance never phased Marqui.

"He both loved school and was a good student," White said. "Marqui was a very, very good kid."