Boy, 14, Killed When Bullets Hit Will County Home

UPDATED 01/04/10 11:03 a.m.

LOCKPORT TOWNSHIP, Ill. (CBS) – A 14-year-old boy and his cousin weren’t even safe in their own room in Lockport Township.

As CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports, Deont’e Lesley was killed when someone opened fire outside their house in the 400 block of Fairmont Avenue in unincorporated Lockport Township around 8:15 p.m. Monday. The killers fired indiscriminately into the house.

Deont’e’s 17-year-old cousin was shot and wounded.

Both boys were taken to Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet, where the 14-year-old was pronounced dead, Kaupas said.

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The following day, the boys’ family is overcome with emotion at the senseless crime. Crime scene tape still surrounded the house as they tried to return, only to be turned away by Will County sheriff’s police.

“It’s crazy!” Deont’e’s brother said as he sobbed uncontrollably.

Deont’e’s mother, Antoinette Walker, was home with her children when the shots that claimed her son rang out around 8:15 p.m. She hit the floor, dialed 911 and immediately began to pray.

“After the shots I said, ‘Javon, are you OK? Javon, are you OK?’ And he said, ‘Mama, yes, I’m OK,’ Walker said. “And then, my sister, she yelled out, ‘Deont’e, where are you at? Are you OK? Are you OK, Deont’e? And we heard no response.”

Deont’e couldn’t answer because he had been shot in the head. Javon ran to his younger brother, but there was simply nothing he could do.

“I started working his back, telling him to breathe, because he was still breathing,” Javon Lesley said, “I didn’t know he was hit twice. I didn’t know he got hit in the ankle. I felt it when I grabbed him, tried to hug him, tell him to breathe.”

Deont’e’s cousin was grazed by a bullet, and was treated and released from Silver Cross.

Deont’e had dreams of making it to the NFL, and those dreams included his mother.

“He said, I’m going to take of you, mama, when I make it big. You’ll never have anything to worry about, because I’m going to take care of you,” Walker said. “I truly miss my baby. I really do.”

Deont’e was playing video games when he was shot.

Sheriff’s police are looking for one or two shooters, and are investigating whether the incident was linked to recent shootings in the area.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Roberta Waker

    Someone from Will County recently told me that shootings and killings were up in Will County and Joliet. Is this true? With all the illegals, drug dealers and gang bangers moving into this area, it’s become very unsafe. Where are the police???

    • Average Guy

      Roberta, please stop reading the news. Your responses are as if crime doesn’t happen in your community. The criminals in your community are more organized. This seems like a vendetta shooting. Shots were fired into the boy’s bedroom. Leading one too would believe that whoever fired the weapon knew who would be in that part of the house. Your response is that it may be illegal aliens, drug dealers and gang bangers. This was probably a bad combination of “kids with guns” or someone who is angry at this family.

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  • shane

    The police are everywhere Roberta, just not in front of that house when they needed to be…we need to be policing our neighborhoods and reporting suspicious activity before things get this far along. A neighborhood doesn’t become a ‘hood’ overnight it develops and that is when we need to be vigilant and tell the cops every time we see something suspicious…it’s our duty as citizens to help protect our homes. Check out ‘Skokie Voice’ a newly formed group of concerned citizens who do just that. They touch no one but have been instrumental in helping the police see problem areas before they get too far gone.

  • FR

    The best houses are brick with no windows and thick steel doors with just a peep-hole. Better yet, have steel beams instead of wood framing to make it fire-proof too.

  • ramdom

    FR..You may be right.. But the sad part is that when we have these kids we gonna make life better for them. Sometime living in the “hood” may be a bad idea to raise you’re children. Parents gonna make it happen and start standing up for these Young Kids. That Young Boy life is now gone due to stupid gang related problems. No one wants there kids killed and any gang. I don’t even know why these kind of things still exist. All I can say is we gonna start loving one of other and Appreciate LIFE. I wish nothing best for the family and pry that they overcome it with God.

  • jasica

    this boys brother used to go to school with me lik 2 years ago and when i found out i was soo shocked him and my sister where n the same grade

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