Miles Thompson was a soccer star at Glenbrook North Excessive Faculty and had just lately been supplied a full faculty scholarship. To his household, he was a superhero.
“He modified me as an individual as a result of he was so good, you could not dare disappoint this little boy,” mentioned Michael Cooper, his stepfather. “He was my little hero.”
And it wasn’t simply his household who felt his draw.
“He was the son, the large brother, and the good friend all of us need in our lives,” mentioned Sonyia Anderson, his stepmother.
His tightly-knit blended household and the ever-expanding circle of individuals he embraced is reeling with out Miles’ outsized, warm-hearted presence.
“I miss my boy. I miss my boy,” his father Marc Thompson mentioned.
On July 7, the 18-year-old left his household’s residence in Northbrook to go to his dad and little brother within the Austin neighborhood on Chicago’s West Aspect. The next morning, 10-year-old Jonah noticed his large brother within the driveway.
“I advised my dad that Miles was on the market sleeping,” Jonah recalled. “He mentioned, ‘Go verify on him.'”
That is when it began to blur.
“I noticed blood. I ran inside. I advised my dad, ‘Go downstairs. Miles is on the market and he is not asleep,'” Jonah mentioned.
Simply at some point earlier than his nineteenth birthday, the star highschool soccer participant had been shot and killed.
“He did not hang around on the West Aspect. Did not know anybody on the West Aspect,” his stepfather mentioned.
His household – and police – nonetheless have little concept what occurred. They’re simply clinging to one another, grieving, and lacking their superhero.
Thompson’s household mentioned they’re in communication with the Chicago Police Division. They mentioned they’re hopeful a witness or maybe a chunk of surveillance video will present a element that can assist police shortly resolve the case.
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