WEST LAWN — Angelo Munoz has seen the stories on the news about violence his entire life growing up in Chicago.
But when the 38-year-old heard about his 18-year-old nephew, Michael Munoz, being fatally shot in New City he didn't understand it.
"It's very hard to believe it. The kind of person he was, no one ever thought this would happen to him," Angelo said adding his nephew was a "good kid" who would "do anything to help his family and friends."
"I just couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe he was actually gone," he said.
Saturday afternoon, Michael Munoz was going to the store for his grandmother when someone got out of a van and said something to him before shooting him, Angelo Munoz said.
Police said the 18-year-old was in the 1700 block of West 46th Street when he was shot multiple times. Michael Munoz was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:21 p.m. Saturday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.
Angelo Munoz said his nephew was a fearless kid, recalling how Michael Munoz climbed Iron Mountain when he visited his uncle in California.
"When he got home he slept the rest of the day because he was so tired from the climb," Angelo said.
The vacation not only allowed Michael to see California and Las Vegas for the first time but it also allowed him to tell his uncle about his future plans to open a towing or plumbing business to help out his family.
"You see all these stories about people being shot and you say 'That person was bad,' but that wasn't true with Mikey. He did make some choices that ended up costing his life though," Angelo said.