19-year-old woman fatally shot on South Side mourned by family: 'I don’t wish this pain on no mother'

Cyra C. Magby was behind the wheel of a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu in the 800 block of West Garfield Boulevard when someone shot her from a silver SUV late Tuesday, Chicago police said.

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Cyra Magby, 19, was shot and killed June 11, 2024 on the South Side.

Cyra Magby, 19, was shot and killed Tuesday night near Halsted and West Garfield Boulevard.

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Cyra C. Magby was always smiling, kind and humble.

Magby was also shy and preferred to stay out of the limelight. She wasn’t a fan of getting her picture taken, but her smile was “picture perfect,” according to her mother.

The 19-year-old smiled often, whether she was playing basketball for Englewood STEM High School or on her PlayStation 4 playing Fortnite with her friends.

“She was always smiling, humble [and] quiet,” Erica Price, Magby’s mother, told the Chicago Sun-Times. “She was always kind to people. ... She lit up the room with her smile.”

Erica Price stands for a photo in Grand Crossing, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Her daughter was Cyra C. Magby, 19, was shot and killed while driving with a friend in the 800 block of West Garfield Boulevard. | Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times

“I’m really numb right now. [I] don’t know what to say anymore,” said Erica Price, whose daughter Cyra C. Magby, 19, was shot and killed while driving with a friend in the 800 block of West Garfield Boulevard.

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Magby died about 20 minutes after someone in a silver SUV shot her, causing her to drive head-on into a car late Tuesday on the South Side.

“I’m really numb right now. [I] don’t know what to say anymore,” Price said.

About 11 p.m. Magby and her 19-year-old friend were traveling in her mom’s 2012 Chevrolet Malibu in the 800 block of West Garfield Boulevard.

Suddenly, a silver SUV approached and someone inside opened fire, Chicago police said.

Magby, who was shot in her back, sped away and swerved to avoid oncoming traffic but crashed head-on into a Volkswagen Jetta being driven by a 43-year-old Chicago man in the 5400 block of South Halsted, according to a police report. The silver SUV fled northbound.

Officers responding to the traffic crash found Magby lying in the street and unresponsive, and she was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 11:38 p.m., the Cook County medical examiner’s office and police said.

Debris in the 5400 block of South Halsted Street is seen in this photo, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Cyra C. Magby, who was reportedly shot while driving in the 800 block of West Garfield Boulevard late Tuesday, slammed into a Volkswagen Jetta in the 5400 block of South Halsted and was later pronounced dead. | Pat Nabong/Sun-Times

Debris in the 5400 block of South Halsted Street on Wednesday. Cyra C. Magby, 19, who was reportedly shot while driving in the 800 block of West Garfield Boulevard late Tuesday, slammed into a Volkswagen Jetta in the 5400 block of South Halsted and was later pronounced dead.

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“I don’t wish this pain on no mother,” Price said. “It’s indescribable to lose a child over something real senseless.”

Price last saw her daughter, a bagger at a downtown Mariano’s, early Tuesday when she helped clean glass from her mom’s truck after someone attempted to steal it, she recalleed. Her last words to her daughter were “thank you.”

“That was the last time I saw my baby,” Price said, her voice shaking.

Magby had four siblings and was the middle child among them. She often helped take care of her autistic brother, frequently picking him up from the school bus.

“She was just a great help around the house with her brother,” Price said.

Magby’s friend, a woman who was a passenger in the Malibu, suffered cuts to her face and was taken to the University of Chicago in serious condition, officials said. Her condition was stabilized.

The 43-year-old man and 40-year-old woman who were in the Jetta, which was northbound on Halsted, suffered minor injuries and were taken to Stroger Hospital where they were listed in good condition, officials said.

Erica Price shows off her tattoo that has the names of her daughters outside her home in Grand Crossing, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Her daughter was Cyra C. Magby, 19, was shot and killed while driving with a friend in the 800 block of West Garfield Boulevard. | Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times

Erica Price displays her tattoo with the names of her daughters Wednesday outside her home in Grand Crossing. Her daughter Cyra C. Magby, 19, was fatally shot Tuesday while driving with a friend in the 800 block of West Garfield Boulevard.

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