Shooting death of Zion teen under investigation
By Frank Abderholden email@example.com | @abderholden October 28, 2013 7:02PM
Zion teen Adarius Green was shot to death early Sunday morning, Oct. 27, during a party held at 2414 Gilboa Ave., Zion. | Frank Abderholden/Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 1, 2013 7:18AM
“He didn’t even get a chance to go into the party,” said Nikkia Oliver, mother of slain 15-year-old Adarius Green, killed by one shot outside a home in the 2400 block of Gilboa Avenue in Zion where a Halloween party was taking place Saturday night.
Her goddaughter called her shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday morning, Oct. 27, to tell her that her son was shot and wasn’t moving. They had just been dropped off at the party. Oliver rushed down to the scene, but police would not let her get close. A line of officers with their guns drawn were pushing a crowd of about 100 party-goers away from the scene, which is just two blocks from the police station.
“I’m standing there looking at my baby on the ground. I could see his head leaning to the side. It was like he was already gone,” she said. Then the ambulance came and he was taken to Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan where a doctor said the bullet missed his heart, but nicked an artery. “He was bleeding uncontrollably and he (the doctor) said they couldn’t stop it,” she said.
Police asked if her son had any enemies but she was not sure. He had gotten into some trouble recently and went to Texas to stay with his father for the end of the last school year and over the summer. When he came back to visit, he begged her to stay, even though she had moved from Waukegan to Zion while he was gone. He enrolled as a sophomore at Zion-Benton Township High School District 126.
“He enrolled shortly after school started so we didn’t really get to know him,” said Superintendent Chris Clark, “but we are deeply saddened by what happened and our condolences go out to the family and friends.”
Green had gone through the Waukegan school system until he left at the end of his freshman year to live with his father. Nicholas Alajakis, spokesman for the district, said they had crisis counseling available for the students and teachers. “It touched some students very closely,” he said, noting that Green had friends at the school and some may also have been at the party that night. “It’s a sad and unfortunate situation,” he said.
Green’s mother said he loved to play basketball and football at the Waukegan Park District. “He stayed active. He was always doing something,” said Oliver. “Everyone who knew him said he was a sweet boy. He never disrespected anyone in my presence. It’s just something I never expected,” she said. He was sent to live with his father in Texas because he had gotten into some trouble, but nothing serious.
“We were trying to get him away,” she said adding he was having curfew and some other problems.
Tracy Bradshaw, the owner of the house on Gilboa Avenue where the party was held, said her 26-year-old daughter was the other person shot, once in the back, but she did not want to give her name. She is recovering in the hospital.
Bradshaw was angry people were not coming forward. The party was held by her brother, “who is a grown man.”
“The kids just don’t have morals these days,” said Bradshaw. “I feel bad the kid was here at my home. Everything went awry I guess,” she said. “I don’t think it had anything to do with the party.”
“A young man lost his life out here for a senseless act. Someone has to tell because the police don’t know,” she said. “We don’t need any more of this madness. It’s enough. They are turning Waukegan and Zion into Chicago,” said Bradshaw.
“I just feel bad for his mom. We went to school together, grew up together. I’m hurt because I know it’s someone’s baby,” she said.
Oliver spoke inside her home where her son’s stepsister had just been told the news and you could hear her crying in a back bedroom. She recalled how recently she and her son had been talking about getting him a winter coat. “I told him we would get him a coat this week,” she said with tears in her eyes.
Zion Police and the Lake County Major Crime Task Force are investigating the fatal shooting, but there was nothing new to report late Monday afternoon. There had been an arrest at a park across from the high school, but school officials said it was just a speeder and not related to the shooting.
According to a statement released Sunday morning, Zion Police responded to numerous emergency calls around 12:54 a.m. about shots being fired on Gilboa. The report stated that officers responding to the scene “observed a large number of people in and around the residence, (which) was the location of a large party involving well over 100 people; many appeared to be older teenagers.”
The report added that “people were observed pouring out of (the residence) and were running around the street, sidewalks, and alley.
Neighbor John Thorkilsen, 75, said the house was not a party house, but sometimes the music was loud. He heard four shots and then he heard another five shots. “There were over 100 kids out here,” he said.
“Some were out here stumbling around, under the influence, but I don’t know if it was drugs or alcohol,” he said. “Police had their hands full,” he said.
According to the Lake County Coroner’s Office autopsy, Green died of a single gunshot wound to the right upper back where it nicked the aorta, a major blood vessel, near the spinal cord. They did not recover the slug, said Coroner Dr. Thomas Rudd.