14-year-old girl dies days after Back of the Yards shooting

Savanah Quintero was shot Wednesday after being approached by a group of suspected gang members who asked if she was in a gang and then chased her as she walked home from the store, officials said.

SHARE 14-year-old girl dies days after Back of the Yards shooting
merlin_98047658.jpg

Community members and friends gather at a vigil for a 14-year-old girl who was shot in the Back of the Yard’s neighborhood, Thursday, June 3, 2021. |

Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

A 14-year-old girl who was shot Wednesday by gang members after being chased in Back of the Yards has died.

Savanah Quintero was pronounced dead at 12:57 p.m. Saturday at Comer Children’s Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The shooting happened around 6 p.m. in the 1700 block of West 48th Street, Chicago police said.

The teen and her boyfriend had just bought snacks from a store when they were confronted by three young gunmen, according to police and Ald. Ray Lopez (15th).

They asked if she was in a gang, and after she said she wasn’t, the attackers chased her and opened fire, officials said. She was taken to Comer in critical condition at the time.

No arrests have been reported.

Police investigate the shooting of 14-year-old Savanah Quintero Wednesday in the 1700 block of West 48th Street in Back of Yards.

Police investigate the shooting of 14-year-old Savanah Quintero Wednesday in the 1700 block of West 48th Street in Back of Yards.

Anthony Vazquez, Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times

Lopez, who said he got details of the shooting from police, said a new gang in the area has been recruiting from neighborhood schools — focusing on kids 15 years and younger. He blamed the glorification of gang culture for violence in his ward.

“This elevation of gang life has to come to an end. It’s not cute. It only comes to one outcome, what we saw last night,” he told the Sun-Times.

The seventh-grader said she was not in a gang but a relative belonged to a rival gang, Lopez said.

The Latest
Perez connects against Kopech with go-ahead blast in eighth as White Sox lose sixth in row
My dad shot and killed my sister and mom and left me with a gunshot wound. Law enforcement hadn’t removed a gun from his possession, even though his FOID card had been suspended.
The court rejected an appeal by a Black Lives Matter organizer who is being sued for an injury to a police officer committed by another demonstrator during a protest.
Figueroa fue condenada a 50 años de prisión. El bebé, Yovanny Jadiel López, murió varias semanas después de los hechos.
Rachel Goldberg was named for her extensive campaign calling for the release of her son and the other hostages taken by Hamas on Oct. 7. She grew up in West Rogers Park and Skokie.