The bright future of 16-year-old Kabiru Adewunmi was tragically snuffed out Tuesday night, as he was killed walking with friends to a convenience store on Chicago’s South Side.
Adewunmi, an optimistic, intelligent teen born in Nigeria, had played for the Chicago Fire’s 17-and-under soccer league, where he attracted the attention of Division I scouts from around the country, the Chicago Tribune reports. His coach, Sole Antonijevic, told the Tribune that he could well have been destined for a career in the pros.
But on the night of his death, Adewunmi was celebrating a different sport. The Chicago Bulls had just eliminated the Indiana Pacers in the NBA playoffs, advancing to the conference semifinals. Adewunmi and his friends were celebrating that win around 9:30 on Tuesday when they were attacked, according to CBS.