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Chicago high school student Naome Zuber killed by stray bullet

October 4, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Chicago high school student Naome Zuber killed by stray bullet

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Chicago Police said 17-year-old Naome Zuber was fatally shot by a stray bullet as she was on her way to a birthday party on Saturday night.

Zuber was a senior in high school getting ready to pursue criminal justice as her college major, her friends indicated.

Police said Naome Zuber suffered a gunshot wound to her head while in the back of a vehicle on Chicago’s South Side just after midnight on Saturday; Chicago police said in a statement to WLS-TV. Three others in the car managed to escape without injury, and law enforcement officials have not made any arrests as of Monday.

The victim and her best friend Tatyanna Rivera were getting ready to dorm together in college next year in Texas.

Naome Zuber, 17, was struck in the head Saturday night in the Back Yards neighborhood of Chicago

Naome Zuber, 17, was struck in the head Saturday night in the Back Yards neighborhood of Chicago

Riviera told WLS-TV: “I don’t believe that my best friend is gone. It just doesn’t feel real… She didn’t deserve this. She’s 17. We just started our senior year. We had so much going for us, and somebody just took it away from her.”

Zuber’s family, along with authorities, believe that the high school student was not the designated victim. An anti-violence activist arranged teams to go door-to-door asking for tips regarding what happened. Moreover, Sean Morrison, the Cook County Commissioner has offered a $2,000 reward for any information that may lead to an arrest.

A GoFundMe page was launched in honor of Naome Zuber, which read: “We lost a daughter, a sister and a friend to many… She was the sweetest most lovable person I knew…. Please keep her family and friends in your prayers during this difficult time.”

The GoFundMe initiative has already raised approximately $7,000 that will be put toward funeral costs.

The victim was going to a birthday party on early Saturday with her friends after she finished her shift at her new job as a food vendor. Her last words to her stepfather Ernesto Alvarez were “I love you, Papi,” according to the Chicago Tribune.

According to Alvarez, she “was very excited about starting the next chapter in her life.”

She also engaged in an analytical and creating writing program for Chicago kids called 826CHI.

The Chicago Tribune printed an essay she wrote last year titled “Roses Don’t Live Forever” about the struggles of losing her grandmother to cancer.

“It was my first time going through anything like this, and I took it very hard,” she wrote. “This happened when I was twelve, and ‘till this day, I still have sleeping problems and cry to myself. I’m sixteen years old now. I know she’s in a better place, but I wish I could have spent more time with her.”

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