5 years old
Jackson and his twin brother had just been given their baths and were playing in their room, about to settle down for the night before their first day in kindergarten when a shot rang out. Jonathan's brother ran from the room in his pajamas, followed by Jonathan, who was crawling and bleeding from his abdomen. He was rushed by ambulance from his two-flat in the 700 block of South California to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:07 p.m. Monday from a gunshot wound. The boys, who were nearly identical and inseparable, had been playing when they found the gun. It was not known who owned the gun or where it had been kept in the apartment.
The Cook County medical examiner's office today ruled the death a homicide, meaning that Jonathan's death was caused by someone besides himself. The ruling is not an indication of criminality or intent.