JOLIET, Ill. — The city is grappling with yet another devastating loss as the community mourns the tragic death of 16-year-old Antoine Shropshire.
The talented athlete, recognized for his exceptional skills in football and basketball, was shot and killed while playing at a park with his friends on Tuesday in the 400 block of South Joliet Street.
Antoine, described by his mother, Tysha Hammond, as the family’s eldest child and protector, met his untimely fate during what should have been a carefree afternoon of play on May 30th, 2023.
Residents gathered to remember him in the very park he was shot Friday evening. So far no one has been arrested in connection with his death.
As Joliet comes to terms with the loss of yet another young life to senseless violence, the family of Antoine has launched a heartfelt fundraising campaign to cover the expenses for his funeral and burial.
In an emotional plea for support, Hammond shared, “I am reaching out, asking for help with the funeral and burial expenses for my son. Antoine was shot and killed well playing at the park with friends. I am just asking for any donations that will assist me with sending Antione home!”
The GoFundMe campaign, accessible through this link, has already garnered significant attention and support from the local community. Generous contributors have rallied around the Shropshire family, raising $1,000 as of Friday afternoon.
The campaign’s goal is to reach $20,000 to ensure Antoine’s final journey is a fitting tribute to his life.