Young Soccer Star Kabiru Adewunmi Shot, Killed After Chicago Bulls Win
Adewunmi, an optimistic, intelligent teen born in Nigeria, had played for the Chicago Fire’s 17-and-under soccer league, where he attracted the attention of Division I scouts from around the country, the Chicago Tribune reports. His coach, Sole Antonijevic, told the Tribune that he could well have been destined for a career in the pros.
But on the night of his death, Adewunmi was celebrating a different sport. The Chicago Bulls had just eliminated the Indiana Pacers in the NBA playoffs, advancing to the conference semifinals. Adewunmi and his friends were celebrating that win around 9:30 on Tuesday when they were attacked, according to CBS.
The incident appeared to be gang-related, although Adewunmi had just moved to the neighborhood and had no connection to gangs.
As of Friday morning, authorities have no one in custody in the shooting.
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