Dejuan Jackson was walking along the 4000 block of South Lake Park Avenue with several friends around 7 p.m. Wednesday when someone opened fire and he was hit several times, including in the head, authorities said.
Jackson was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where he was pronounced dead at 7:58 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
An autopsy Thursday determined Jackson died of a gunshot wound to the head and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Jackson had been headed to his grandmother's home, who lives nearby, police said.
"He was an outgoing kid," said a cousin, who asked not to be named. "He liked to shop, go to the mall, just hang out with his friends. He wasn't in a gang."
The oldest of three boys, Jackson spent most of his free time with close friends he grew up with, his family said. The group spent afternoons at nearby Mandrake Park.
The victim’s friends told his family he wasn't the intended target, his cousin said.
"I don't know who he was with, but they're just like him," she said. "They (aren't) into gangs."
Jackson had no apparent gang ties, police said.