Innovations High School
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2 students shot to death outside high school in downtown Chicago

Jan. 29, 2024
The victims were students at Innovations High School

Two teenagers leaving their charter high school in downtown Chicago were shot to death Friday under a busy “L” station.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the 16- and 17-year-old boys were leaving Innovations High School with about four other people when two vehicles pulled up and several people exited before opening fire under "L" tracks on Wabash Avenue.

Each boy was shot in the chest, and the older boy was also shot in the hip. They were identified as Monterio Williams,17,  and Robert Boston, 16.

Witnesses at the scene said they heard up to 20 shots fired. One police official described the shooting as an “ambush.”

No arrests have been made as of Monday morning.

Alicia Shines, the principal of Innovations High School, called the boys’ death a “devastating loss.” Innovations, with 443 students, is the largest school operated by the Youth Connection Charter School network.

The school was closed Monday, but is scheduled to reopen on Tuesday.


About the Author

Mike Kennedy | Senior Editor

Mike Kennedy has been writing about education for American School & University since 1999. He also has reported on schools and other topics for The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Times and City News Bureau of Chicago. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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