Victor Betancourt, 6, looks at letters and photos left by schoolmates of his uncle, 13-year-old Leonardo Betancourt, who was shot and killed while driving with friends in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, at William H. Seward Communication Arts Academy Elementary School Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Chicago. Two older people in the SUV were gang members, according to police, but said Leo had no arrest record and was not in a gang. His family, including Victor, who he walked to school most days, visited the school after the shooting to collect letters, poems and drawings written by Leo’s classmates. One student wrote, “I remember those long hate paragraphs we sent each other. I never meant it and I know you know I didn’t mean it. I said I’d buy you chips on Tuesday, but, I couldn’t because, you know. I hope you’re in a better place. That’s what everybody is saying.” The family left Chicago several months later.

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