On Sunday, Brian Jasso was in the passenger’s seat as his mother’s boyfriend, Erik Campeano, 28, drove him to start his paper delivery route.
The 15-year-old boy had been delivering newspapers to earn enough money to buy his little sister headphones for her 12th birthday and money to take his girlfriend on a date, his family told Chicago Tribune. While the mother’s boyfriend had offered to give him the money the teen had said, “I like to work and I have to earn it.”
Around 6:45 a.m. when they came to a stop at a traffic sign a car behind them rear-ended them, police said. Someone in that car then reportedly began flashing their brights in a signal for them to pull over. Sensing something was wrong, Campeano stayed in the car and began driving away. Soon after, someone leaned out of the passenger seat window and started firing a gun.
Campeano said he pulled Jasso down onto his lap, ducked and kept driving, trying to get away. When the bullets briefly stopped his the teen looked up, and that is when he was hit in the back of his head.
It was only when they'd gotten away from the shooters and pulled into a gas station that Campeano realized Jasso was wounded and unresponsive.
“I tried to protect him in that moment, but I couldn’t,” Campeano told the Tribune. “I don’t know why he got up. We had made it, but he got up and that’s when they killed him.”
“I hope the person who did this sees this so they could know whose life they took,” the boy’s mother Carmen Manzano, 39, said in Spanish. “He was a person who had dreams,” she said.
Anthony Guglielmi, spokesman for the Chicago Police Department said they think he may have been the target of mistaken identity in a gang-related shooting.
Police told BuzzFeed News that neither Jasso nor Campeano have any criminal background, and that suspects in the incident have not yet been identified.
The family has started a Go Fund Me account to help cover funeral costs.