Friday, June 10, 2016 || Michael Romain
Dawson Stephan, the Melrose Park 16-year-old who was shot last Friday evening while sitting on his porch in that village, has died, Cook County medical examiner’s officials say.
The boy was pronounced dead at 11:47 p.m. at Loyola University Medical Center, according to a Chicago Tribune report.
Stephan had been on the porch with two of his male friends when a white minivan pulled up and someone inside of it began firing nearly a dozen bullets, according to Stephan’s older brother Andrew, who said he rushed outside of the house after he heard the shooting. Dawson was shot once in the head.
According to Melrose Park Police Chief Sam Pitassi, the shooting was “absolutely” gang-related. Pitassi said everybody “involved is a gang banger.”
Dawson’s mother, Michelle Stephan, told the Tribune at the time of the shooting that her family had suffered from gang violence in the area near their Melrose Park home for some time and that gangs had “been trying to come after my boys for quite some time.”
“He wanted to be a Marine,” said Stephan. “He had his whole life in front of him.”
Dawson, who had taken classes at Proviso West, was an organ donor, his family said. Services are pending. Melrose Park police said no arrests have been made, but that an investigation is ongoing. VFP