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#Chicago_Chronicles : How many black children have to die in Chicago?

A 22-year-old man was fatally shot early Friday near a police station on Chicago's Northwest Side. 

The victim's mother, Shapearl Faulkner-Wells, identified him as Courtney Copeland. 

"How many kids have to die?" she pleaded Friday night at a vigil remembering her son. "How many black children have to die in Chicago? This killing has to stop. No mother should feel what I feel."

"Whoever did this to my son, I ask that you turn yourself in. I ask that you ask for forgiveness from God," she said.

Police say someone fired through the driver's side window of Copeland's burgundy BMW, hitting him in the back near Grand and Central. His family says doctors told them the bullet pierced his heart.

Police said around 1:15 a.m. Friday, Copeland was shot near the 25th District police station. He stopped at the intersection of West Grand and North Central avenues and got the attention of an officer parked in a squad car nearby, police said. 

Copeland got out of his car to tell the officer he had been shot and fell to the ground.

The officer called for an ambulance. Copeland was rushed to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the back. He died at the hospital.

"We know from the police statements that he was shot in the back and it went to his heart. I wanted to come out here and speak with the news today, basically to tell everyone that my son did not deserve what happened to him. We see the constant tragedies that are going on in the Chicagoland area all the time. I advocate for those mothers who have children who have passed away. My son, he was a good boy," Faulkner-Wells said.

Investigators are looking into what led to the shooting and whether or not Copeland was targeted. About a half an hour before the shooting, Copeland met up with coworkers outside Paisans Pizzeria in Cicero, where he was a regular. Just after midnight, he was headed to stay at a friend's house when he was shot.

"We are trying to find out why something like that would happen to him because he has no enemies," said stepfather Brent Wells.

Copeland's family said he was a good man who wanted to work hard and be successful for his family. Born in Cicero, he graduated from Chicago's Jones College Prep where he was a basketball star. He was well-loved and well-liked by many. Copeland worked for WorldVentures, a travel agency, and recently bought the BMW.

"He was my hero. He was the one that I looked up to and I wanted to aspire to. His whole goal was to take care of his family with this business. That's all he wanted to do, to move up in different ranks so that he could achieve a higher goal. If you look on his Facebook page, that's all he talks about - is being financially free and being able to provide for his family," Faulkner-Wells said.

Copeland leaves behind three younger sisters. His mother said she can't make sense of who would do this to her son - or why.

Friends came to Copeland's mother's home to offer condolences Friday. 

Chris Pineda was one of last people to see his friend alive.

"He brought out the best in me," Pineda said.

"He will never leave my side," said his friend Steven Otero. "I will live life, and I will keep his memory alive through me."

A man was shot to death and at least five people, including a 14-year-old boy, were wounded in separate shootings Friday on the city's South, West, Northwest sides, Chicago police said.

Most recently, a 44-year-old man died after getting shot about 9:30 p.m. in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side, said Officer Hector Alfaro, a Chicago police spokesman.

The man was arguing with a male attacker in an alley in the 5000 block of South Calumet Avenue when the attacker fired shots, Alfaro said.

The man was shot in the back and was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, Alfaro said.

About 8:50 p.m., a 29-year-old man was shot during an attempted armed robbery in the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side, Alfaro said.

The man was driving in a car and was stopped at a red light in the 8300 block of South Saint Lawrence Avenue when a male attacker walked up to him and announced a robbery, Alfaro said. Police previously said the shooting happened in the 600 block of East 81st Street. 

The man then sped off, and the attacker fired shots, striking him in the right leg, Alfaro said.

The man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where his condition stabilized, Alfaro said.

About 8:33 p.m., a man was shot on the 5900 block of South Bishop Street in the Englewood neighborhood, police said.

The 40-year-old victim suffered a gunshot wound to the right thigh and hand. The man sitting outside his vehicle when a light-colored car drove by and someone in the backseat of it fired shots, Alfaro said.

The man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where his condition had stabilized.

A 14-year-old boy was shot at 7:40 p.m. on the 2400 block of South Rockwell Street in the Little Village neighborhood, according to police.

The boy was standing on a corner when a dark colored SUV drove by and shot at him before driving away. Police said the shooting is possibly gang-related.

The boy was shot in the arm and managed to get Mount Sinai Hospital where he was in good condition, police said.

An hour earlier, at about 6:40 p.m., a 34-year-old man was shot in the left thigh on the 3800 block of West Division Street in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, police said.

The man was standing on a corner when he heard gunshots and realized he has been struck in the left leg. He managed to get to Norwegian-American Hospital, and he was later transferred to Stroger Hospital, where he was listed in good condition, Alfaro said.

Earlier, a 20-year-old man was wounded Friday afternoon in a shooting on the South Side in the city's Burnside neighborhood, said Officer Thomas Sweeney, a Chicago police spokesman.


The shooting happened about 4:06 p.m. in the 800 block of East 91st Street, said Sweeney.

The man was standing outside when he heard shots, and soon after felt pain, Sweeney said.

The man, who suffered a wound to the arm, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where his condition was stabilized.

Police believe the shooting may have been gang-related. 

No one was in custody as a result of the shootings late Friday.
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