Just two weeks after celebrating his 21st birthday with his family, Olubusayo Awomolo was gunned in the driveway of his home in Dolton.
His brother arrived home about 7 p.m. Monday night to find Awomolo laying on the pavement in their driveway, shot to death.
"I just want to know why. He was a good son, a precious man. No drinking, no smoking. He wanted education, nothing more," his father, Olawale Awomolo, said Tuesday night.
The young man was already working on getting his masters degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois Chicago.
Family members said they have no idea why someone would do this, and they said investigators have told them they have no solid leads right now.
Awomolo moved to Dolton from Nigeria at about the age of 13.
"He was an academic and bookworm ever since," remembered his older sister Arin Awomolo as she tried not to break in to tears.