Blake Bakkila
November 19, 2016 07:39 AM

The 15-year-old grandson of U.S. Rep. Danny Davis was shot and killed  in Chicago on Friday night after a dispute over gym shoes, according to police.

Jovan Wilson was at his home in Englewood, Illinois, with his uncle and three siblings when two teens — a 15-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl — allegedly entered the home and started arguing with Wilson, police and Davis told the Chicago Tribune. At one point, the 15-year-old boy allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Wilson in the head, according to multiple reports and Davis.

“I guess I always knew that the possibility existed that it could happen close to me,” Davis said, according to WGNTV.  “I thought it was so unfortunate, because Jovan had just reached a point, 15, his grades had improved in school, his father had just told me about how proud of him he was because he was catching on and realizing that all of his life was in front of him.”


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Police are currently investigating the shooting and said they believe the argument was over a pair of gym shoes, police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said.

“We had counseled him about being at home, being inside the house at night and unfortunately here he was, in the house, at home, minding his own business, and some intruders would come and snuff his life away,” Davis said.

In a statement released on his Twitter account, Davis wrote, “Thanks to all that have contacted my family and staff. Please note the following and I appreciate your prayers during this difficult time.”

“Unfortunately, this is another example of a fifteen year old with a gun who shouldn’t have never had it,” Davis said in the statement. “Where did the gun come from? How did he get it? And of course, he never should have had it.”

He continued: “I grieve for my family. I grieve for the young man who pulled the trigger. I grieve for his family, his parents, his friends,” he said in the statement.

The Chicago Police Department could not be immediately reached for comment.

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