Heartbroken relatives voiced a plea for the public's help Saturday afternoon, offering a reward for information related to the fatal shooting of 4-year-old boy who was shot in the head in Woodlawn during Labor Day weekend.
Mychal Moultry Jr., known as MJ, died days following a shooting on Sept. 4 in the 6500 block of South Ellis. Bullets were fired outside a residence and then went through a window, striking the boy in the head two times.
Speaking at a press conference Saturday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot asked that anyone with information on the shooting report a tip to the Chicago Police Department.
"Please let your faith, let your sense of humanity overcome your fear," Lightfoot said.
CPD Supt. David Brown said that detectives believe the shooting was gang-related and are "actively working" to find cases on the groups involved.
Fifty nine days after the shooting, the young boy's family is desperately pushing for answers, hoping someone will break the code of silence and come forward with information.
"“I just want them to know that I’m coming for you and I’m not going to stop looking for you, “ said MJ's mother, Angela Gregg.
Family members canvassed the Woodlawn neighborhood Saturday, hoping to drum up new leads in his case.
“I’m talking to as many people as I can,” she said. “I’m going to talk about my son until my mouth is dry because he was my whole world.”
Gregg said her son was killed while getting his hair braided when the two were visiting from Alabama.
Investigators said three people jumped out of a dark-colored car and fired shots into an apartment building, striking MJ in the head.
“Everyday I get up and I fight and everyday that I have to be reminded of how many days it is—it gets harder,” the boy's mother said. “But I know I can’t take my foot off the gas, that’s when the people who killed my son gets the most comfortable.”
Gregg said her son loved the movie cars, going to the beach and building sand castles. She misses her son every single day and won’t stop handing out flyers of him until someone is caught.
The family is offering a $15,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. Chicago police said the shooting was gang-related and that MJ and his relatives were not the intended target.
Anyone with information can call the Chicago police tip line at 833-403-0069 or 312-746-7330. You can remain anonymous.