Chicago Police

Vigil Held After Anti-Violence Activist Gunned Down

The community turned out for a vigil to honor activist Delmonte Johnson as two persons of interest were taken into custody by Chicago police.

The 19-year-old activist was shot to death in the 8600 block of South Euclid on Wednesday night, according to police. On Thursday night, authorities confirmed that two persons of interest were in custody, and said the investigation is still ongoing.

After Thursday’s vigil, activist Andrew Holmes offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

According to police, Johnson was standing on a sidewalk at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night when a tan colored vehicle pulled up, and an occupant inside opened fire, striking him in the chest and stomach.

Johnson was rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition, and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

According to friends of Johnson, he was a volunteer with the advocacy group GoodKids MadCity, and was passionate about preventing gun violence in the city.

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