Two Chicago high school basketball stars — one bound for Loyola, the other for Murray State — shot Monday night in Englewood

Two Chicago high school basketball stars were shot dead and injured while talking outside their home in the Inglewood district on Monday night, police, school officials, and the victim’s mother said.

The injured are Takiya TK Howard, a student at DePaul University playing basketball at Murray State Racers in Kentucky, and Tyler Johnson, a student at DePaul University Preparatory School According to Howard’s mother and school officials.

Howard, 18, and his friend went out for lunch on Monday night and wanted ice cream, said Kimberly Howard, 46, TK’s mother. They stopped at Johnson’s apartment in 7,000 blocks on South Sloop Street, sat in a friend’s car and talked to 17-year-old Johnson.

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De La Salle’s TaKiya Howard looks to make a play against Mother McAuley on Feb. 6, 2020, in Chicago. (Gary Middendorf / for the Daily Southtown)

Two Chicago high school basketball stars were shot dead and injured while talking outside their home in the Inglewood district on Monday night, police, school officials, and the victim’s mother said.

The injured are Takiya TK Howard, a student at the Delazar Institute playing basketball at Murray State Racer in Kentucky, and Tyler Johnson, a student at DePaul University Preparatory School who wants to enroll at Loyola University in Chicago. According to Howard’s mother and school officials.

Howard, 18, and his friend went out for lunch on Monday night and wanted ice cream, said Kimberly Howard, 46, TK’s mother. They stopped at Johnson’s apartment in 7,000 blocks on South Sloop Street, sat in a friend’s car and talked to 17-year-old Johnson.

According to a Chicago Police Department report citing preliminary information, Johnson entered her apartment and called 911 while Howard’s friend took her to St. Bernard Hospital. The car reportedly had multiple bullet holes, and police found more than 40 casings and rifles in the area. Johnson said he couldn’t explain to the police, but he was fired from the car.

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St. Viator’s Michael Campagna goes in for two as he gets past DePaul Prep’s Tyler Johnson at the IHSA Boys Basketball Sectional championship game at Grayslake Central on March 8, 2019. (Michael Schmidt / for Pioneer Press)

Johnson was transferred to the University of Chicago Medical Center in good condition. Howard was later transferred to Strugger Hospital, where his mother said he was stable and responsive. However, the bullet remained on her daughter’s neck just a few inches from her carotid artery, her mother said. Her mother said Tuesday night that her doctor wanted to release her without removing her bullets because of an unstable location near her major arteries.

The college confirmed that Johnson had promised to play basketball at Loyola University this fall.

In the university statement, our main concern is for Ty to recover completely and quickly.

According to Loyola, Johnson averaged 22.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game. He made 119 3-point shots during the 2nd and 3rd grade seasons. They also became the city’s second team during the youth season.

Billy Welcome, co-owner and CEO of ALL IN, played travel basketball at ALL IN Athletics after grades 1 and 2. Welcome said Johnson is a great kid, a natural leader, and a great teammate on and off the court.

When the University of Oklahoma hired Loyola trainer Porter Moser and asked if Johnson would continue to be involved, he said he had solved the problem on Twitter and was 1000% committed to Loyola.

Show your loyalty, Welcome said, your desire to influence the city of Chicago.

Howard has been a basketball starter for four years, scoring over 1,000 points in his career and surpassing the school’s score record by 1,198 points as of March 16. She was selected for the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Team throughout the four seasons. She promised to play Division I basketball at Murray State Racers in the fall, said Reshel Turner, a college women’s basketball coach.

According to Kimberly Howard, her heart was about to pop out of her breasts when she received her first call. She doesn’t want her mother to receive her phone call that her baby was shot.

If the bullet hits more than an inch above her carotid artery, or more than an inch above her brain, Kimberly Howard said she received a very different call asking her to identify her daughter’s body. It was what.

Kimberly Howard was able to meet his daughter at St. Bernard Hospital. TK Howard bandaged her ears, bandaged her neck, looked up and said, Mom, I’m fine. Kimberly Howard said.

Kimberly Howard believes that anyone who shot her daughter looked for her friend’s car and she mistaken it for someone else’s car. TK Howard, Johnson, and the car driver are good guys, all three dedicated to playing college basketball.

Kimberly Howard said they were good people. There are no gangsters. There is no illegal activity. Honor student. My daughter is a member of the National Honor Society and is probably the other two.

The organization’s founder, Barry Bradford, said TK Howard started AAU Travel Basketball in a sample sport last summer. He soon noticed Howard’s cheerful spirit and ridicule.

Bradford said he worked hard to secure the scholarship offer from Morley that Howard received during the pandemic. He said he achieved his dream in one of the most difficult times for high school students.

Bradford said Howard would take her to court with the same motive of recovering from the shooting on Monday and then returning strongly.

Bradford said TK would do great things in this world. I am grateful that some madness has not stolen that opportunity.

Detectives in Area 1 were under investigation and no one was detained.

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