pedro rios jr.
14 years old, Portage Park
Before the midnight hour on the fourth of July this year, the Sun-Times Media Wire ran a story with the headline “Person fatally shot by police in Portage Park.” This person was a fourteen-year old child named Pedro Rios, Jr.
Pedro Rios, Jr. attended Gale Math and Science Academy and lived with his family in Rogers Park. Not unlike other boys his age, “He liked sports,” his father Pedro Rios, Sr. told news media. “He liked his bike. He liked music. He liked his shoes.”
The night that Pedro was killed, he had left a party and was walking near Berenice and Cicero Avenues to be picked up by a friend when police confronted him. According to police, they saw an object in his waistband and when they attempted to question him, he allegedly pointed a revolver at them. Police opened fire on Pedro, and he was pronounced dead at 10:07pm by a Cook County Medical Examiner on the scene. His was the third police involved shooting that weekend.
A police union spokesman said the shooting was justified, but the teen’s family questioned why he was dead. “What the hell is happening in this city,” relative Susan Diaz said. “Yet another child is dead, why?”Tweet