Boy Dead, Mom Injured in Home Invasion

Two suspects were arrested and another was being questioned

Tuesday, Oct 18, 2011  |  Updated 8:36 PM CDT
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Two masked gunmen stormed into the home on North Lawndale Avenue shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday where a mother an her two kids were getting ready for their day.

Two masked gunmen stormed into the home on North Lawndale Avenue shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday where a mother an her two kids were getting ready for their day.

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A 16-year-old boy is dead Tuesday after a home invasion and shooting in Chicago's Avondale neighborhood earlier in the morning.

Andre Vasquez, and Krystal Hethcoat, his mother, were shot in their apartment on the 3400 block of North Lawndale at about 8:40 a.m., police said. Hethcoat was seriously injured. They were taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital in serious to critical condition. Vasquez was pronounced dead at 12:31 p.m., according to a statement given to the Chicago Tribune by the Cook County medical examiner's office.

The boy and his 14-year-old sister were getting ready to leave for school when the incident occurred.

Two suspects were arrested and another was being questioned, police said.

The building's owner told the Chicago Tribune he found out about the home invasion and shooting from his upstairs tenant, who called him in tears.

The victims have lived in the lower unit for the past year and a half, he told the publication.

Vasquez was a sophomore at Schurz High School and an A, B student according to his relatives.

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