another senseless act

by Prez Ro 

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A sad turn of events took place Saturday morning as standout basketball player, Ryan Royall, of Hillcrest High School, was shot and killed early Sunday morning at the Ho-Chunk Sports and Expo Center in Lynwood, IL. At approximately 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning, Royall and a group of friends were leaving a birthday party at Ho-Chunk Sports and Expo Center in Lynwood. They were at their car when they heard a disturbance in another parking lot. He was taken to Franciscan St. Margaret Mercy Health Care in Dyer, Indiana where he was pronounced dead at 1:21 a.m. An autopsy was performed Sunday morning and his death was ruled a homicide, according to Deputy Coroner Pam Nauracy.

Hillcrest basketball coach Don Houston and the entire team visited Royall’s family on Sunday to offer their condolences.

“He was such a harmless kid. There wasn’t a mean bone in his body,” said Houston.

He hoped to earn a college scholarship so his mother would not have to worry about money. College scouts were already taking notice with his play in high school as well as with his 16U AAU team.

On Saturday, he played in three basketball games during the Riverside-Brookfield Summer Tournament, where his team won all three games, and was set to play in the Championship bracket on Sunday. At this time, not sure if the team will participate now.

His family and friends remember him as “one of the good kids.”

“This was senseless,” said Royall’s aunt and godmother Vallaurie Dixson. “He did everything right and he’s still gone in a random act of violence.”

Another teen was shot in the leg and taken to an undisclosed area hospital.
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