Illinois prospect dies in deadly party shooting


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Fourteen year-old Illinois Football prospect, Jaylon Mckenzie passed away Saturday due to complications from a gunshot wound.

By Meghan Rest, Sports Editor

Fourteen-year-old football standout Jaylon McKenzie was shot and killed in the St. Louis metro area late Saturday night.

McKenzie was a running back and wide receiver at the Mason-Clark Middle School in East Saint Louis and received offers to play football at the University of Illinois just five days prior to the deadly shooting.

According to police reports, the shooting occurred outside a party in Venice, Illinois, where McKenzie and a 15-year-old girl were shot. McKenzie died at a St. Louis-area hospital, while the unnamed girl remains in critical condition, according to reports.

Illinois State Police are still investigating the shooting.

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