Chicago teen and Rockford College student Dionte Maxwell was shot and killed outside of a family birthday party after strangers were asked to leave the premises.
The strangers – two 16 year-olds and a 19 year-old – got into a verbal dispute with Maxwell as they were being escorted out.
The 19 year-old allegedly pulled out a gun and shot him in the chest.
“No one could understand what the problem was,” McMillon said from her Auburn Gresham home Saturday. “My son and grandson weren’t in gangs. It wasn’t gang-related… Maybe they wanted to rob my son? I don’t know.”
Maxwell’s uncle (McMillon’s son) bought the house in the 8400 block of South Constance Avenue last August, McMillon said. He and his girlfriend have been steadily “fixing it up, little by little.”
Family members recognized the party crashers as “guys they’ve seen walking around the neighborhood,” but there had never been any problems.
Neighbors near Maxwell’s childhood home in the 8400 block of South Marshfield Avenue expressed shock Saturday.
“He was doing what he was supposed to do in life,” said Omarr Sykes, a 33-year-old who’s known Maxwell since “before he was born.”
A tragic situation, and a senseless loss of life. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dionte’s family.
The violence must STOP!