Jaylon McKenzie Wiki
Jaylon McKenzie, eighth-grader already with football offers from Mizzou and Illinois, shot and killed. Police say they found McKenzie with serious wounds and he died at a hospital. A 15-year-old girl was in critical condition at a hospital. No arrests have been made.
Jaylon McKenzie Biography, Age
Jaylon McKenzie, 14, who attended Mason-Clark Middle School in East St. Louis, Illinois, attended an eighth-grade dance earlier in the evening, his mother, Sukeena Gunner, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Rising football star.
Already recruited to Mizzou and University of Illinois D1 football teams.
Jaylon McKenzie was shot and killed.
This young man was robbed of his life! ??
— Justin Andrews (@Justin_EAndrews) May 5, 2019
She picked him up, and then he and friends went to an after-prom party for another school in nearby Venice, Illinois.
She said that just before midnight, she called her son’s phone, and a friend who answered told her McKenzie had been shot.
‘It’s so hard to fathom that someone took my baby from me because he dreamed so big,’ Gunner said.
She said witnesses told her that a fight broke out at the party and that McKenzie was hit by a stray bullet.
At 11:40 p.m., Illinois State Police said officers responded to a report of a disturbance and shooting at the party in Venice.
Crisis teams will be available for students at the schools over the next several days.
Jaylon McKenzie’s first word was “ball.”
At 3, he was dressing up like he was going to a game.
At 5, he started playing tackle football.
At 13, he was featured in Sports Illustrated for his talents on the field.
— Amir Vera (@TheAmirVera) May 5, 2019
“Off the court or off the field, you wouldn’t have known he was a superstar.”
14 y.o. Jaylon McKenzie was one of the most exciting young athletes in the STL area. He was shot & killed last night. Jaylon’s basketball coach Al Lewis remembers him as someone everyone gravitated to. pic.twitter.com/mgeS0D7vMD
— Corey Miller (@corey_miller5) May 5, 2019
McKenzie already had received scholarship offers. He received one from Missouri in December and, more recently, from Illinois.
Football stars and politicians paid tribute to the rising star in the wake of his tragic death.
Absolutely shocked to hear about the tragic passing of Jaylon McKenzie. Sometimes life just doesn’t make sense…. pic.twitter.com/9HIKwAcZGE
— Al Pops USA (@AlPopsUSAFB) May 5, 2019
10 Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Jaylon McKenzie, a 14-year-old who was a standout football star in Belleville, Illinois, was killed late Saturday night at a house party
- McKenzie died from his injuries after being hit by a stray bullet during a fight
- The other victim, a 15-year-old girl, remains in critical condition
- McKenzie was recently featured in Sports Illustrated as one of their top six teen athletes in the country
- Jaylon McKenzie, 14, who attended Mason-Clark Middle School in East St. Louis, Illinois, attended an eighth-grade dance earlier in the evening
- Former NFL wide receiver Earl Bennett tweeted: ‘My heart and prayers goes out to Jaylon McKenzie family and friends
- Jaylon’s mom told 5 On Your Side’s Jenna Barnes that her son was at a party in Venice, Illinois, when a fight broke out
- Jaylon died from his injuries shortly after arriving at the hospital.
- He already received scholarship offers from Mizzou and Illinois.
- At 13, he was featured in Sports Illustrated for his talents on the field.