ROGERS PARK — When Angelo D. Pullum was murdered in entrance of his Rogers Park dwelling final month, it devastated his household, who struggled to determine easy methods to pay for his funeral.
Then video of his demise went viral, turning the deadly taking pictures right into a public spectacle and additional traumatizing his family members.
Now Pullum’s household is seeking to raise money to offer him a correct goodbye, serving to them grieve as they meant and get well from the indignity of getting his demise sensationalized.
“The video going viral has been very painful,” mentioned Marly Schott, Pullum’s stepsister.
Pullum, who glided by the nickname “Black,” grew up in Rogers Park and was a sensible and caring individual with lofty aspirations, Schott mentioned.
As a university pupil, Schott tutored her stepbrother when he was in seventh and eighth grade. By means of the years, he talked about his huge plans for himself, together with opening up a recording studio.
However these targets can conflict with the realities of rising up in a deprived a part of the town, Schott mentioned.
“He had huge hopes and desires,” Schott mentioned. “He was a very good child who did what he needed to do to outlive. That’s the tragedy that a variety of Black and Brown children within the metropolis must expertise.”
“It’s ever current,” Schott mentioned. “Children who, usually talking, reside in violence and [places that] have drug points, they are typically part of that so as to survive.”
Pullum, 36, was fatally shot June 28 in a grisly, broad-daylight homicide caught on close by surveillance digital camera.
Pullum’s demise was considered one of two Rogers Park murders in a violent end to June for the neighborhood. No less than eight folks had been shot within the neighborhood over three weeks.
Pullum was strolling within the 1400 block of West Lunt Avenue round 7 a.m. that day with one other man when the 2 stopped to speak.
The person Pullum was with then stepped again, pulled out a gun and fatally shot Pullum at the back of his head, based on police and surveillance footage. Not a lot is understood about what prompted the assault.
The gunman took off in a Black SUV heading west on Lunt in the direction of Clark Avenue, based on police. Pullum was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, the place he was pronounced lifeless.
Earlier than he died, Pullum was staying with totally different associates and was saving as much as afford his personal place, Schott mentioned. He was staying at a pal’s place on Lunt when he was killed.
A police spokesperson mentioned Wednesday the case remains to be beneath investigation.
A house safety digital camera caught the surprising, violent killing and the occasions previous it. The killer’s face is just not seen on digital camera. The footage has been extensively shared on social media, with 1000’s of likes, views and shares.
Schott has personally tried to get some social media accounts to drag the video, explaining the harm it’s inflicting the household.
“It’s been seen tens of 1000’s of instances,” mentioned Schott, whose father was married to Pullum’s mom. “His mother was distraught, pondering she couldn’t have a funeral and making an attempt to get some closure.”
Schott conferred together with her cousins, and the group determined to launch the GoFundMe to her cowl the price of a funeral and burial companies.
The household realized a group member had already began a fundraiser for Pullum’s family, and that individual turned over the marketing campaign to Schott.
The fundraiser has raised greater than $8,000 of its $10,000 purpose. To take a look at the GoFundMe marketing campaign, click here.
With the video’s destiny out of the household’s fingers, the memorial and funeral will “proper the incorrect” of the video, Schott mentioned.
“Simply because the video of his homicide has traveled the globe, we hope that this chance to memorialize him as he deserves and to offer wanted closure for many who cherished him will, too,” the household wrote on the GoFundMe web page.
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