Two Found Shot to Death in Joliet

Tariq Purnell and Keon Kelly were both killed on the 400 block of Strong Avenue

A teenage boy and a man were shot to death in southwest suburban Joliet on Tuesday evening.

The shooting happened in the 400 block of Strong Avenue, where 17-year-old Tariq J. Purnell was pronounced dead at 8:04 p.m., according to the Will County Coroner’s office. Purnell was from Joliet, authorities said.

Keon D. Kelly, a 30-year-old father of four from Lockport, was hurt in the same shooting and pronounced dead just after 6 p.m. in the emergency room at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.

Both men apparently died of gunshot wounds and their deaths were being investigated as homicides, authorities said.

"Don't nobody deserve to die like this," said Sylvania Shade. "We all grew up together."

Family members and a friend of Purnell's who spoke with NBC Chicago on Wednesday morning said the Joliet Central High School junior was a good kid who enjoyed basketball and stayed out of trouble.

He lived on the block where the shooting happened, they said.

A third person was shot in the buttocks and taken to an area hospital. Police said they think only one gunman was involved.

Autopsies on the slain were scheduled to take place Wednesday.

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