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16-year-old boy dies after being shot in the head in Pilsen

A 16-year-old boy was shot dead as he waited at a red light Sunday night in the Pilsen neighborhood on the Lower West Side, police said.

Erick Alvarez-Coronel was sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle at 9:45 p.m. in the 2000 block of South Canalport Avenue when a vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots, according to Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Chicago police investigate the scene where a person was shot Sunday night in the 2000 block of South Canalport, in the Pilsen neighborhood. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

Alvarez-Coronel, who lived in the same neighborhood, was shot in the head, and his vehicle careened into a wall underneath the Dan Ryan Expressway, authorities said. He was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital, where he died shortly before midnight.

An autopsy Tuesday found he died of a gunshot wound to the head and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office.

No one is in custody as Area Central detectives continue to investigate.

Chicago police investigate the scene where a person was shot Sunday night in the 2000 block of South Canalport, in the Pilsen neighborhood. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times