A 23-year-old man found shot to death Thursday night near the University of Chicago on the city’s South Side was identified by his mother as a teacher who would have turned 24 on Monday.
Xavier Joy, 23, was shot several times around 10 p.m. in the parking lot of an apartment building in the 6200-block of South Ingleside in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood. Joy was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Joy’s mother, Nykea Pippion-McGriff, is absolutely devastated. She said her son was walking home when he was shot – they live two blocks away.
Pippion-McGriff said he had recently attended Morehouse College for a year, where he played football. She said he was a teacher and mentor to young children.
“He taught for CPS, Evanston public school and worked for city services. This is someone who gave back to their community,” Pippion-McGriff said.
“He’s always been a good boy. Always been smart. Always been caring,” Joy’s grandmother said.
Investigators have not said what led to the shooting. Joy’s mother said it could have been a robbery.
She said he was on the phone with his girlfriend when he said someone was approaching him and hung up the phone. She said the sound of several shots woke her up and she immediately had a feeling that her son was not OK.
“For him to die like this for a phone, really? A phone! I want whoever it is – I forgive you and I pray God forgives you – but this was not necessary!” his grandmother said.
“Xavier and my son, Arthur, were – are – the light of my life. They’re the reason why I exist. I will not stop until I find out what happened,” Pippion-McGriff said. “We’ve got to come together as a community to figure out what can be done to help our youth.”
She asked anyone with information on who killed her son to come forward. She said she won’t be able to rest until that happens.
Joy’s father, Ra Joy of CHANGE Illinois, released this statement Friday:
“Words cannot express the devastating pain and loss we are all feeling right now. Our oldest son, Xavier Joy, was shot and killed last night in Chicago. Our family is heartbroken by this tragic and senseless shooting. Xavier was an incredibly creative, funny, and smart young man. We hope and pray for an end to the violence that has impacted our family and so many others in our city. Our entire family is grateful for all those who have extended their love and condolences during this very difficult time. We ask for privacy as we grieve and make funeral arrangements.”
Area Central detectives are handling the investigation. No one is in custody.
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