Police found the body of Dejanay Stanton just after noon yesterday when people reported hearing gunshots. According to police, she was found with a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to the hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
Police originally identified her a “Jane Doe,” but when news of her death reached social media, she was identified.
“So we lost another sister here in Chicago sending her family and love one peace and justice! Rest in power Dejanay Stanton,” LaSaia Honey Wade of Chicago’s Brave Space Alliance posted on Facebook.
“She was so sweet. Every time you saw her she had a smile on her face,” Wade told the Windy City Times. “She was just trying to live her best life as a young girl.”
A balloon release will be held at the site of her death on King Drive and 40th Street in Chicago tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Police say that an investigation has been opened.