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Man Shot at Memorial for Shooting Victim

A 24-year-old man was shot in the legs Tuesday at the memorial for Jovany Diaz



    June 14, 2011: Jovany Diaz's family say the 15-year-old wasn't a troublemaker but a straight-A student who loved basketball. (Published Tuesday, June 14, 2011)

    A somber event turned grim on Tuesday when a gunman opened fire on the memorial service of slain teen Jovany Diaz.

    Around 2:20 p.m. a man was heard shouting at the corner of Kildare and Hirsch in West Humboldt Park. The man, who had been at Diaz's memorial just before, then fired two shots into the air, The Sun-Times reports.

    Kim Janssen, who was on the scene as the shooting happened, said that the gunman then pointed his gun down Kildare and fired two or three more shots. The shots hit one victim, a 24-year-old man.

    The man was shot in both legs. He was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in stable condition, police said.

    Jansen described the shooter as a Hispanic teenager who was unshaven and wore a black tank top and blue jeans. He could not hear what the gunman had yelled.

    Police are still without a motive for either shooting, however neighbors speculate they may be gang-related.

    Diaz was shot Monday while celebrating his 15th birthday not far from his West Humboldt Park home, when someone came out of an alley and opened fire.

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    "He was always happy. He made everybody laugh even when they were down. He was friends with everybody -- no gang-banging stuff. It was basketball, school and being a goofball," said the boy's sister, Maritza Rodriguez.