“I had this sinking gut feeling something wasn’t right,” Timika Rutledge, 42, told the Chicago Sun-Times. “I saw a police officer. He said a little kid got shot. Somehow, I knew it was my baby. I went back there. I saw my baby on the ground in the grass. I saw his gym shoes and his jacket.”
The mother was told by friends that her son was leaving a dice game when he was shot, though he was not the intended target. Police did not confirm that.
Family members deny that German was affiliated with any gang, but said he had older friends who were likely involved with gangs.
“It’s just sad another 15-year-old boy is dead, my nephew,” Kameisha Andrews told the Sun-Times. “It didn’t even happen far from his home. He was doing what teenagers do. Just kicking it with friends.”