12-year-old boy fatally shot sitting on bed in Englewood home

A 12-year-old boy was shot and killed Sunday night while sitting on a bed in an Englewood residence.

Marcell Wilson was sitting with a group of people in a back bedroom around 11:25 p.m. in the 5500 block of South Aberdeen Street when someone he knew shot him in the chest, police said.

Wilson was taken by paramedics to Comer Children's Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. 

Police have not said if they believe the shooting was accidental.


A great-aunt, Donna Gaither, said she did not know the circumstances of the shooting. She said Marcell often helped his neighbors with chores and loved to tell jokes.

"He was young, but he was a good little helpful boy," Gaither said. "He would help anyone clean up. Anything helpful, anything he could do. They paid him to clean up the yard, rake the yard, pick up the paper. He was really helpful to a lot of neighbors in the area."

"He liked to be a comedian. He loved to crack jokes, he loved to talk crazy," she said.

Marcell grew up on the South Side and had moved around in the area recently with his mother and father, Donna Gaither said. She saw Marcell less often after he entered school.

No one is in custody as Area One detectives investigate.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.