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Sister of slain 14-yr-old asks ‘does Maywood even care’

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Michael Jones pictured with his family and oldest sister Vrenda (left)

By L. Nicole Trottie

Chief Editor

MAYWOOD | “Does anyone care?”

That’s a question that weighs on the mind of the oldest sister of a 14-year-old shot and killed in Maywood.

Michael Jones was shot multiple times at around 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30 in the 600 block of 11th Avenue in Maywood. He died the next morning at Loyola University Medical Center.

In an interview with West Suburban Journal, Vrenda Winmon said that her brother was not affiliated with a gang.  “My brother was not a gang member,” she said adamantly.

She continued, muffled by tears and grief, “My momma always prayed none her children got killed in the street”.

Vrenda said her mother adopted Michael when he was 3-weeks-old.  “He’s been with us all his life,” she said.  Vrenda added, “he was a good boy. He didn’t mess with no gangs.  Uh, uh not my little brother.”

Vrenda said that Michael left on Wednesday to pick up her 13-year-old daughter who attends Irving Middle School.  “He was killed going back to school to pick up his niece.”  She added, “he had just picked up his papers to enroll in school and then he was headed toward Irving school.”

Vrenda said she and her family are devastated by Michael’s murder.  “I can’t even think of what he went through getting shot all those times with all those bullets.”  She added, “I don’t eat.  I don’t sleep.  They (Maywood) just don’t care.”

She said the family did not have to make the difficult choice to “pull the plug”.  “Michael’s heart arrested the next day and he died,” she said.

The family will hold a memorial in Michael’s memory on Saturday, September 30th, 3pm, at Washington Park, located at 10th Ave and Washington St in Maywood, the location where Michael was shot.

Vrenda said that her calls to the Maywood Police Department have gone unanswered.

“I have not heard from the Police since Aug. 30, the day my little brother was shot,” she said.

“They will not return my calls.”  She added, “They say they have a car.  How do you have a car and no suspect.  Why don’t they tell us whose car they got.”

Anyone with tips may call West Suburban Journal at (708) 344-5975 or the Maywood Police Department at (708) 450-4450

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