RACINE – He has a lot of potential. A quiet child with outstanding talent, and his life was shortened.
A 14-year-old boy was shot early Sunday night while in the passenger seat of a vehicle that police believe was stolen, Racine Police Department report Wednesday.
The Journal Times initially misidentified the shooting victim as a man.
The teenager has been identified as Eugene “JR” T. Henderson of Racine, a 9th grader who proved his talent on the football field as a young player.
Trevor Niccolai, who coached Henderson when he was 12 years old and has been the leader of the Kenosha Ramblers youth soccer team, said: “He was one of those quiet kids at first. formation. “He didn’t say much, but he showed it on the pitch in the end. Always showing his style, a very polite, extremely talented kid. One of the best players we’ve ever had…
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“Football is very special to him,” continued Niccolai. “It was an outlet for him.”
No arrests have been reported. The investigation is still ongoing, RPD said.
The shooting happened around 10:15 p.m. Sunday, just south of Downtown Racine.
According to a statement Monday morning from the RPD: “Information has been obtained that the occupants of the stolen vehicle engaged in a melee with occupants of another vehicle and shots were fired. shot in the 800 block of Eighteenth Street.” Henderson was found about four blocks to the west and one block to the south.
GoFundMe raises funds to cover funeral expenses that can be donated at gofund.me/9f6f8e4c.
The GoFundMe page says that Henderson has “Shoot for no reason.” Written by Henderson’s mother, the page description continues: “My family needs help with a meaningful funeral and burial for him. If you know JR, you know he is a sensitive kid and a great soccer player. He loves me and always gives me kisses. I will miss him more than words can say. I would appreciate if all of you could help me. “
According to his family, Henderson passed away on Tuesday. This is the third murder in Racine in 2022.
“It was definitely a shock,” says Niccolai. “Such a wonderful child, so young, to die so tragically. Very overwhelmed and sad.”
ONE Facebook post from Kenosha Ramblers writes: “Tragically, we have lost a member of our Ramblers Family. Eugene Henderson was 14 years old when he died. Eugene has played many seasons with our program and is a great player and a better teammate on every team he’s on. Our football family is grieving his family and to show support we ask that you all please donate $9 towards his funeral expenses. #Donate9For9”
Another Henderson coach, Kevin Quijano, wrote on Facebook: “I am absolutely devastated. One of my best players I ever coached was shot in the head and killed in Racine on Sunday night. He’s only in 9th grade.”
A quick dribbler, Quijano says Henderson once scored all 40 of his team’s points in a single game.
“He always expected more of himself… He always expected the best from himself, especially from a 12-year-old boy at the time,” said Niccolai. “He’s an absolute joy to the coach, a bogus talent.”
EDIT: This story initially incorrectly stated that the Racine Police Department had previously identified Henderson as a man. It was The Journal Times, not the RPD, that incorrectly reported that the victim was a man. The Times Magazine apologizes for this error.
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