Who is Adam Toledo Mom? Elizabeth Toledo Wiki, Bio
Elizabeth Toledo is the mother of Adam Toledo a 13-year-old who was shot in the chest and killed early Monday morning April 2021 after authorities were alerted to possible shots fired in the Little Village neighborhood, a predominately Latino community.
Adam was shot in an alley following a foot pursuit, according to a statement from the police department, which did not release the officer’s name. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene, the department said.
At around 2:30 a.m. Monday, March 29th a police officer shot and killed seventh-grader Adam Toledo in the 2300 block of South Sawyer Avenue. Chicago police have released few details about the incident, saying officers were responding to a ShotSpotter alert of shots fired when they encountered two people in an alley.
Adam Toledo attended Gary Elementary School, his mother said. He was a “happy boy” who played with Hot Wheels cars and liked to ride bikes with the youngest of his four siblings. “He would cheer everyone up just with his smile, with his thoughts,” his mother said. “ …He was only a kid. [Police] could have done something else, not kill him…If they are trained to shoot, why shoot to kill him?”
Elizabeth Toledo reported her son as missing days before the shooting
“Adam had many dreams that he will never get to live out,” the boy’s mother Elizabeth Toledo wrote on a GoFundMe page to raise money for his funeral. “Ironically one of his dreams was to become a police officer.”
Elizabeth Toledo reported her son missing days before the shooting, she told Block Club. On Wednesday, March 21st two days after the shooting, police reached out to the family asking for a photo, she said. She thought they were asking for the missing persons report. But about a half-hour later, they knocked on her door asking her to go to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office to identify his body, Elizabeth Toledo said.
“They told me I had to identify my son’s body and I couldn’t even see him, they showed me a picture of my son Adam for just a couple of seconds,” his mother said.
On Friday afternoon April 2nd, Don Terry, director of the Police Department’s Office of News Affairs, told Block Club that Adam Toledo was reported missing on March 26. The following day, police checked with the boy’s mother, who told them he had returned home.
She did not report him missing again, Terry said, so that case was considered closed. As for the delay in telling Adam Toledo’s mother about the killing, Terry said police spent two days trying to identify the boy’s body. He said they called Adam’s mother after seeing his description matched the recently closed missing person case.
Video Footage showed the last Moments of Adam Toledo
Reversing course after pressure by city officials and the public, the police department’s oversight board announced that it would release a body camera video showing an officer fatally shooting a 13-year-old boy in the chest.
A Chicago police oversight board released the body-camera video Thursday of an officer fatally shooting a 13-year-old boy, images that Mayor Lori Lightfoot called “excruciating.”
The officer can be seen running down an alley, chasing Adam Toledo last month and ordering him to stop, according to footage made public by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability.
“Freeze stop! Stop right f—ing now! Hey show me your f—ing hands! Drop it, drop it,” the officer seems to say in the video before firing a shot. The officer then radioed for help.
“Shots fired, shots fired, get an ambulance over here now,” he said as he tended to the mortally wounded teen. “Look at me, look at me, look at me, you all right?”
The officer was joined by several colleagues and they pumped the teen’s chest in hopes of reviving him.
“Where you shot man, where you shot?” the officer asked but never received an answer. “Stay with me, stay with me!” The officer is heard saying he thought the teen was shot in the chest.
After other police came to the scene to relieve him and continue the chest compressions, the shooting officer stepped away and appeared to sit on the ground with his elbows resting on his knees. He did not immediately speak after leaving the wounded teen’s side.
About two hours before the video was released, Lightfoot warned Chicagoans to brace themselves for the “extremely difficult” images. “It was excruciating,” Lightfoot told reporters ahead of the video’s release. “Watching the body-cam footage, which shows young Adam after he’s shot, is extremely difficult.”
She added: “And I would just say … as a mom, this is not something you want children to see.”