Chicago Teen's Death Could Be Case of Mistaken Identity
Daquan Boyd, 18, dies the day before Illinois' gov signs new gun legislation
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2013 1:07 PM CDT
In this Dec. 17, 2012 file photo a framed memorial to people who have lost their lives to street violence hangs in the front yard of the St. Sabina Catholic Church on Chicago's South Side.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

(Newser) – Yet another Monday brings with it stories of another bloody weekend in Chicago. The Tribune has two particularly wrenching stories:

  • In the first, an 18-year-old was shot dead on Saturday while coming home from a neighborhood festival. He was killed less than a block from a police station, in what police believe was a case of mistaken identity (neither Daquan Boyd nor the friend he was with, who was also shot, belong to a gang). Boyd was one of six people to die in the city between Friday night and early yesterday morning.

  • But last night brought with it another shooting, not fatal, of a 7-year-old boy who was struck by two stray bullets while putting away his bike. The Tribune reports that a group of people had been arguing with the driver of a car nearby; one of them fired a gun, hitting Tyvion Jackson on his left side. He is expected to make a full recovery.
But in the face of mounting gun deaths comes a change from Springfield: Gov. Pat Quinn yesterday signed into law a bill that he says is "going to help all of us be safe." Effectively immediately, Illinois becomes the eighth state in the country to require that its gun owners contact police (within 72 hours) if their guns have been lost or stolen. As of Jan. 1, private sellers will have to check the background of a would-be buyer.

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Oh_really
Aug 22, 2013 6:56 PM CDT
Chicago has the most repressive gun laws in the country. Yet, the gun crime is the higher there than anywhere in the US. Out law guns, take away a law abiding citizens right to self defense, and only the criminals will have guns. Chicago is a perfect test case for these idiotic gun control laws and how "well" they work. All gun owners should also attend CCW classes as they provide safety instruction, shooting instruction, and the confines of the law for when you can legally use a firearm and when not.
19_56_19_55
Aug 21, 2013 12:15 PM CDT
All guns made today should already have a ballistic test done and entered into a data base that way they won't have to wait and see if the gun turns up. also for safty sake the gun manufactures can use a card like a credit card and swipe it. It can be made very easy and inexpensive it will fit where the hand grip is to take it on and off of safe. The ballistic test should have been instituted and put in a data base ever since they found that every gun has its own finger print when shot. How stupid is it for our leaders not to already have this from the gun makers ? Just think how fast law enforcement would be able to track a pistol or rifle. How about the person if they stole the weapon from someone's home they wouldn't be able to shoot it with out the card and if it is used in a homicide law enforcement would have it on file. I know the gun makers want to make their product as safe as possible and keep them out of the hands of criminals and children this would work and not cost a lot of money to do. I know this comment won't go any further than this page but word of mouth could get it going.
BenDunn
Aug 20, 2013 11:45 AM CDT
Obama's son look alikes, being the best Democrats they can be, Obama's look alike sons are just being black thugs ,,just like Obama fictitious son Trayvon!! Trayvon would have fit in nicely in Chicago, Blacks thugs, Obama fans ,, Yes this is a Trayvon town!!!!