Vigil for man killed by cop; autopsy says fatal shot was in back

“Karonisha Ramsey, mother of Kajuan Raye, spoke briefly at a vigil near the spot where her son was shot and killed Wednesday night by a Chicago police officer. Also there was her son’s cousin, Ahkeya White (at right, in red sweatshirt), who said references in the media to Raye’s criminal record did not tell the whole story of his life. | Andy Grimm/Sun-Times

Relatives of Kajuan Raye went to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office Friday afternoon to formally identify the body of the 19-year-old, who was shot dead Wednesday by a Chicago Police officer.

The group then drove to join a vigil at the West Englewood intersection where the teen was killed. There, they recalled the life of a teen who loved to play basketball, and adored dogs — a portrait that stands in stark contrast to the portrayal of Raye in police accounts of his final moments.

Police said a CPD sergeant shot the teen Wednesday night. The sergeant had given chase, thinking Raye matched the description of a battery suspect. Police say Raye was shot after the teen twice appeared to point a gun at the pursuing officer. Police said no gun had been found at shooting scene as of Thursday, and declined to say Friday whether a search of the surrounding area was still ongoing. The Medical Examiner’s office on Friday said an autopsy showed Raye was killed by a gunshot in the back.”

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