Chicago police investigate a 11-year-old who was found dead inside a home Monday morning. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

Slain Student, 11, Remembered By His School Peers

June 08, 2018 - 7:36 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Students and staff at the Harold Washington School on East 91st Street released balloons and dedicated the annual basketball game between eighth graders and staff to the memory of 11-year-old Jechon Anderson.

Anderson was shot to death at home during a break-in early Monday.

Students and staff wore blue – the boy’s favorite color. His step-father Kenneth Hull played for the staff team and was instrumental in a one-point win. 

Principal Sherri Walker asked for – and got – a moment of silence before releasing dozens of blue balloons. Jason’s mother, Fanta Anderson, was emotional but soothed.

“It helps,” she said, singling out the basketball game, saying that for the final three years of his life, basketball was something he practiced daily.

“He loved his ball so much that he slept with it,” she said.

Sherri Anderson says police are giving her hope that the killer will be found and charged.