Rayjon Harshaw photo: Age and other facts we know about Chicago student gunned down just days before school begins

Rayjon Harshaw
Rayjon Harshaw

Rayjon Harshaw, a 14 year year-old CPS student was shot and killed Saturday night in Calumet Heights on the South Side — one of two teenagers killed in Chicago on Saturday.

Rajon Harshaw was shot in his head and chest just before 7 p.m. in the 8700 block of South Creiger Avenue, Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Who was Rayjon Harshaw?

Rayjohn was a top student who loved to play basketball.

“I taught him a lot of things, but I just couldn’t teach him how to survive a gunshot, how to survive these streets. Like, we’re not even street people,” Athena said. “All he wanted to do was to go outside, and play basketball and go to school.”

Police were then called to the home on South Cregier Avenue and East 87th Place, where, investigators said, the shooter got away.

Rayjohn’s family said he was supposed to start his freshman year on Monday at Hyde Park High School.

Rayjon’s aunt described him as a model student who had just signed up to be a mentor for others.

“He was sweet, kind. He never got into anything. Awards after awards. Straight A student. Fourteen years old. His bookbag was already packed. He was ready to go to school for his freshman year at Hyde Park,” she said.

The shooting that claimed Rayjon’s life adds to at least 16 teenagers under the age of 19 who have been shot across Chicago since Friday.

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