A freshman at Harold Washington College in Chicago is in critical condition after police and relatives say he was shot in the head late Thursday afternoon after handing over his cell phone during a robbery.
Chicago Lawn resident Kevin Baker was walking home from classes with his cousin, a senior at DePaul University, when two robbers approached from a dark-colored van in the 6200 block of South Campbell Avenue around 4:15 p.m., the Tribune reports.
Baker, 19, and his cousin Dominique both handed over their phones when the robbers -- one holding a handgun -- demanded them. Police said the victims did everything right, but as the robbers were running away, one turned and shouted something at Baker before shooting him in the head, CBS Chicago reports.
UPDATE: Jan. 18 -- Baker was pronounced dead early Saturday morning.
"It is so sad for kids to have to go to school and walk home and to be robbed of your cell phone and even after you give it to somebody, you're still shot," Arlene Allen, a relative, told ABC Chicago.
Baker was known around the neighborhood as "the College Kid," according to WGN. Family said he was studious and always avoided trouble.
“He was excited about going to school,” Allen said. “I mean, he was excited to have a chance to grow up and be somebody."
Baker remained in critical condition as of Thursday. Police said the shooter's vehicle was a maroon or burgundy van but have no suspects in custody.