AUBURN GRESHAM — Octavia Adams spent most of early Tuesday morning sitting in her car behind a line of red tape, watching as Chicago police investigated the scene where her son, Willie Buie, had been shot and killed.
Adams woke up just after 2 a.m. to a call coming from Buie's cellphone, but when she answered, she said she heard her step-daughter's voice at the other end of the line.
"She was crying in the phone and screaming, and she told me my son was shot," Adams said.
Buie was standing with a group of people in the 7600 block of South Wallace Street about 2:10 a.m. when a gunman approached and opened fire on the group, police said.
Buie was hit in his head and body and was pronounced dead on the scene at 2:26 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. No one else was injured in the shooting.
Adams said she rushed to the scene of the shooting, just around the corner from their home in the 7700 block of South Lowe Avenue, but police would not let her get close enough to see her son's face as his body lay in the middle of the street.
Family members said Buie was walking back from a nearby gas station with friends when he was shot. Police did not immediately have details about what may have led to the shooting.
As she wiped away tears in her living room Tuesday morning, Adams said she wanted police to catch her child's killer.
Buie, the oldest of three, was born in West Englewood but grew up in south suburban Calumet Park, Adams said. He had recently become a father; his son was born in November, family said.
Buie attended Harold L. Richards High School in Oak Lawn before enrolling at Prairie State College.
He was currently working an externship at Little Company of Mary Hospital, his mother said, but the 20-year-old's real passion was hip hop. He produced music under the name "King Gunna."
"He loved music, making music," she said. "His dream was to become a known rapper. He's got a lot of music out there."
Buie is the first person to be killed in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood this year, according to DNAinfo Chicago data, and family members said they're waiting for answers as to why Buie was killed. He was not violent or in a gang, they said.
"He was just a great guy," Adams said. "Everybody knows my son, all over the place."