Dejuan Thurman, 36, was a well-known basketball player in the Morgan Park neighborhood.
The former high school basketball star died Saturday at
Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn after he was shot in an apparent
robbery a month ago.
Thurman had come back from a
basketball game at a nearby court about 8:30 p.m. Oct. 17 when three males, one
holding a gun, approached him in an alley in the 11300 block of South May
Street, behind his family's house, and asked him to "empty his pockets" .
After surrendering his house keys, cellphone
and wallet, Thurman pushed two of the males into each other. But as he tried to
leave the alley, he was shot. Police said he was shot
multiple times in the chest and back.