Akeira Boston, a 16-year-old girl was shot dead during a shooting on Tuesday night near 142nd Street and Woodlawn Avenue in the southern suburb, Dolton, IL authorities said.
Akeira Boston was shot twice in the abdomen at about 9 p.m. outside the Moonlight Food Deli & Liquor Store, 1203 E. 142nd St. and pronounced dead at a local hospital. The medical examiner’s office initially released her name as “Akeira Foster.”
Akeira was a passenger in a car. Dolton Village Trustee Tiffany Henyard said in a video posted to Facebook that the teen was not thought to be the intended target.
How did Akeira Boston die?
Authorities believe the shooter was targeting a male who had just gotten into a vehicle with her, Dolton Village Trustee Andrew Holmes said.
After the shooting started, the male jumped into the backseat, got out and fled on foot while the shooter continued to fire into the vehicle, Holmes said, noting that the vehicle had tinted windows.
Akeira Boston might have predicted her own death, on the 21st of June when she made a Facebook post stating that she is scared she might die this summer.
“i’m scared ima die this summer,” the post reads.
An autopsy Wednesday found Boston died of a gunshot wound to her abdomen and ruled her death a homicide, the medical examiner’s office said.
Police are currently carrying out an investigation to find her killer.