Dozens of friends and family members gathered at 29th Street and Bloomington Avenue Tuesday evening for a vigil for 16-year-old Trequan Sykes, who was shot and killed in the alley behind his home after school on Friday.
"He was looking for my older brother," said 15-year-old Shadana Sykes of the shooter.
According to family, the victim's 17-year-old brother had gotten into a fight last month with a boy from the neighborhood, 16-year-old Malcolm Jackson, who goes by the name "Bishop." On Friday afternoon, Trequan and his younger brother and sister were in the alley behind their house when they say Jackson came looking for payback.
"He just held his chest like this," Shadana Sykes recalled. "[He] looked at my little brother and smiled."
Shadana Sykes said the shooter told her to go in the house and then shot her brother.
Trequan Sykes died from two gunshot wounds to his back.
According to the criminal complaint, Jackson admitted to the killing and told investigators he has been carrying the .38 caliber revolver for over two years. On the day of the shooting Jackson told police he hid the gun near South High School. After the shooting, he threw the gun up on top of a roof a few blocks from the murder scene.
Malcolm Jackson was in court Tuesday afternoon to make his initial appearance on the second-degree murder charge. Trequan's parents went to court as well, and prosecutors want to have Jackson tried as an adult.
"The only one who showed any type of emotion was his mom -- who was in court and also lives less than a block away from here," said Trequan's dad, Perry Singleton. "She attempted to apologize to my wife, but my wife said she could not take it right now."
According to his family, Trequan Sykes was a superb athlete at Roosevelt High School, especially in football.
"Sometimes, the streets don't take no for an answer. Sometimes you have to defend yourself," said Singelton. "So, he took a fight a common fight and turned it into a murder."