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U.S. congressman’s teen grandson killed in Chicago home invasion

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Saturday, November 19, 2016, 9:57 AM

The 15-year-old grandson of a U.S. congressman was shot and killed Friday night when two other teens broke into his family’s Chicago home.

Jovan Wilson, grandson of U.S. Rep Danny Davis, was home with his three siblings when a 15-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl busted in with a gun, the Chicago Tribune reported.

“It was unbelievable, unbelievable,” Davis told the newspaper. “I do know that I grieve for my family … I grieve for the young man who pulled the trigger. I grieve for his family, his parents, his friends, some of whom will never see him again.”

Jovan was home with his 16-year-old sister and two brothers, ages 14 and 8, Friday night while their mom went out to pick up dinner. When the two teenage intruders broke in, Jovan started arguing with them, police said.

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Danny Davis speaks about his 15-year-old grandson, Jovan Wilson, who was shot and killed during a home invasion in Chicago.

Danny Davis speaks about his 15-year-old grandson, Jovan Wilson, who was shot and killed during a home invasion in Chicago.

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During the spat, the 15-year-old assailant whipped out a gun and shot Jovan in the head, police said. He was pronounced dead inside the South Side home.

The two home invaders were not in police custody Saturday morning.

Jovan was a high school sophomore, and he recently started taking his classes more seriously, Davis said.

A Chicago Police officer investigates the crime scene where Danny Davis' 15-year-old grandson was shot.

A Chicago Police officer investigates the crime scene where Danny Davis’ 15-year-old grandson was shot.

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“Jovan had just reached a point — 15 — his grades had improved at school,” Davis, a Democrat, told the newspaper. “His father had just told me about how proud of him that he was because he was catching on and realizing that all of his life was in front of him.”

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Davis said his grandson’s death highlighted Chicago’s gun violence problem.

“I guess that I always knew that the possibility existed that it could happen close to me,” he said of the possibility of a loved one being killed.

Family members grieve Friday.

Family members grieve Friday.

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It’s been an exceptionally bad year for the Windy City in terms of violence. Chicago saw more murders in the first eight months of 2016 than it did for all of 2015. By September, 487 people were killed in the city, compared to the 468 people killed last year, Chicago’s DNA Info reported.

August was the most violent month for Chicago in 20 years, with more than 400 people shot and a whopping 78 homicides, according to the Chicago Tribune. It almost surpassed the previous record, 79 killings in October 1997.

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