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“We just wanted to wash our clothes and get ready for the week. That’s all we wanted to do,” said Marla Stogner, the mother of a 17-year-old boy who was s**t and killed at a laundromat in the Back of the Yards neighborhood in Chicago on Friday. Her son, Jalen C.J. Stogner, was s**t by a gunman who’d he’d exchanged words with in the parking lot of the laundromat. The confrontation lasted a few seconds before the assailant pulled a handgun from his waistband and s**t him, Marla Stogner said. Stogner and her 4- and 11-year-old sons witnessed the tragedy.
Jalen Stogner stumbled into the laundromat before collapsing and losing consciousness, according to his mother. ”I was just calling his name, just calling his name to see if he could hear my voice,” Stogner said. “‘Just hold on,’ I was just telling him to hold on,” she said. But Marla Stogner knew her son was dying as he lay bleeding on the floor of the laundromat moments after the gunman s**t him. Jalen C.J. Stogner was pronounced d**d at Stroger Hospital in Chicago at 5:11 p.m., less than an hour after he was s**t, officials said. Stogner said she and her children traveled about five miles to the laundromat every two weeks and had never encountered trouble there before.
No arrests have been made, but Stogner said police told her they are questioning someone in connection with her son’s killing. DeShawn Sims, Jalen’s 11-year-old brother, was standing a few feet away when his brother was s**t. He said the confrontation began when the gunman stared at Jalen, prompting Stogner to ask what he was staring at. The shooter responded, though neither DeShawn nor his mother heard what he said. When Jalen Stogner asked, “What did you say?” The gunman opened fire, according to Stogner’s mother and brother. ”I’m just in disbelief right now,” Marla Stogner said.
Police said Jalen Stogner had four juvenile arrests, including one for unlawful use of a weapon. They also said he was affiliated with a gang, a claim his mother disputed. ”They say he’s in a gang because of where we live,” she said, who lives in the West Woodlawn neighborhood.
At least seven other people were s**t across the city between Friday night and Saturday morning. The city’s homicide rate was up approximately 31% through Aug. 19 compared with a year earlier, according to the most recent police statistics available.