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Son of well-known political activist Ra Joy shot dead in Chicago

June 10, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Son of well-known political activist Ra Joy shot dead in Chicago

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) — The son of a well-known Chicago political activist Ra Joy who returned to the city after graduating college to work with disadvantaged youth has been shot and killed.

Authorities say the body of 23-year-old Xavier Joy was found by police late Thursday in the parking lot of an apartment building in the Woodlawn neighborhood. He had been shot several times and relatives said his phone had been stolen. Police officials said so far no arrests have been made.

Joy’s father, Ra Joy, is the executive director of the governmental reform group CHANGE Illinois. His mother, Nykea Pippion-McGriff, is president of the Women’s Council of Realtors Chicago.

Pippion-McGriff told the Chicago Tribune her son, a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, wanted to give back to the community. Xavier Joy worked in public schools in Chicago and Evanston, teaching chess at after-school programs and mentoring junior high students.

“There are no words. There are absolutely no words for why someone would take my son’s life,” she said.

“He taught kids and loved children, and… it could have happened to anyone, I guess, but he really didn’t deserve it,” said Joy’s girlfriend, Garbiele Sanchez.

Officials said an investigation into Joy’s shooting death remains ongoing.

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