By Adam Sege and Naomi Nix
5:09 PM EST, February 17, 2013
An 18-year-old woman fatally shot on Friday was a senior at Roberto Clemente High School who had plans to attend college, according to her principal.
Frances Colon, of the 2900 block of West Armitage Avenue, was identified early this morning by the Cook County Medical Examiner's office as the victim who had been shot in the 1100 block of North Pulaski Road about 7:05 p.m. Friday, according to police.
She was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 8:16 pm. An autopsy determined that she had been shot in the back and ruled her death a homicide, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Police believe Colon was not the intended target and was shot as someone else ran away from whoever was shooting.
Colon is the third student at Roberto Clemente to be killed this school year, said Clemente's principal Marcey Sorensen.
Rey Dorantes, 14, of the 2400 block of West Augusta Boulevard, a freshman at the school, was shot and killed on Jan. 11. His death came about a month after another Clemente student, Jeffrey Stewart, 16, of the 5200 block of West Race Avenue was shot and killed on Dec. 9.
"I'm sick of it," said Sorensen. "How many more kids have to die before we do something?"
The school has mobilized a crisis team to support students and staff. Despite the deaths, Sorensen said the students have been coping well.
"Our kids live in fear and because of that, they are incredibly resilient," she said.
Colon was a senior who was preparing to attend college, said Sorensen. She was previously selected as the student of the month, a recognition for students who display good behavior, Sorensen said.
"She has got a really great sense of humor," she said. "She's a good kid."
No suspects were in custody as Area North detectives continued to investigate the shooting.
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