Mother Says 'Final Goodbye' to 13-Year-Old Son as He Died 2 Days After He Was Shot While Biking

Busayo Ogunjimi
May 20, 2021
03:10 A.M.
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Patricia Deates' son Eric Crawford who was violently killed on Sunday, while on his bike, was finally pronounced dead after spending two days on a life support machine. 


On Tuesday morning, Patricia Deates arrived in the hospital to "bid farewell" to her 13-year-old son, who was violently gunned down over the weekend in Chicago. Deates revealed on her son's hospital bed that Eric is a wonderful and bright child.

Crawford depended on life support until he was plugged out and, within hours, died, as reported by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office. Deates said the teenager was prepared to start eighth grade, and he loved riding his bikes and playing video games. 

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Eric Crawford started his day riding a bicycle on a beautiful Sunday morning when he was shot several times from the back seat of a moving white SUV. He was on the 3700 block of South Wood Street when the incident occurred.

The street is a few blocks from his McKinley park home. The teenager was fired on the head and neck and was taken to Stores Hospital in a terrible state.

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Chief Detective Brendan Deenhihan revealed that the shooting might have been a gang revenge. The chief added that he might have been followed by a rival gang and shot before leaving the area.

A two-year-old was killed on Friday evening as she was sitting in the back seat of a car near the cook county criminal courthouse.


Deates denied the claim, saying that her son was not in any gang. She added that the gangs had been trying to convince him to be a member and that she blames everyone in it.

On their GoFundMe page, Crawford's relatives noted that he had been trying to deal with his grandfather's health condition — he was recently taken to the emergency room.


Crawford is not the only child who has been involved in gun violence in the last week. A two-year-old was killed on Friday evening as she was sitting in the back seat of a car near the Cook County criminal courthouse. 

Crawford is the 7th victim who has died from gun violence over the weekend in Chicago. The violent weekend has seen about two policemen wounded and about 48 different people shot on different occasions.

The Mayor of Chicago has called for the citizens to pray for the peace of the city. He added the guns should be put down, and they have to stop the illegal flow of guns to the city.

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