(MCT) — A Halloween party with more than 100 guests had stretched into early Sunday morning in Zion when shots erupted, hitting a 15-year-old high school sophomore, authorities said.
Alerted to Adarius Green's shooting, his half sister, Nedashia Gaines, rushed to Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan, but she didn't make it before he was pronounced dead just after 1:30 a.m., she said. On Monday, she cried as she repeated, "I took too long."
"He was 15. That's too young. I mean ... that's too young," she said.
No charges had been filed late Monday afternoon, and police have struggled to find cooperative witnesses, said Lake County State's Attorney Mike Nerheim. Officers obtained warrants for cellphones and computers and have sought to interview guests of the party on Gilboa Avenue near 24th Street, the prosecutor said.
A 26-year-old woman also suffered gunshot wounds that did not appear to be life-threatening, police said.
Adarius' cousin, Aubrianna Duncan, 19, said she was at the party and spoke briefly with him before the shooting. Duncan said she was walking to her car when she heard shots.
"It just happened out of nowhere," she said.
People were seen "pouring" out of the home and darting along the streets, sidewalks and alleys, according to a news release from police. Zion police and the Lake County Major Crime Task Force are investigating.
Gaines said her half brother enjoyed success in sports and school in his younger years, though he had struggled with high school. He transferred to Zion-Benton Township High School early in the school year after moving from Waukegan to Zion, she said. A Zion district official confirmed he had transferred to the school just after the year started.
Adarius used Facebook to post rap lyrics and pictures of himself, but his page is dominated by a picture of the grave of Shawntrell Hayes-Duncan, a 29-year-old who was shot to death in the parking lot of a Waukegan Burger King in March 2012. He was the father of one of Adarius' friends, Gaines said.
Adarius' friends and family remembered him in turn Monday with rest-in-peace messages and pictures.
"I loved him," Gaines said by phone Monday. "I can't stop crying."
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