CHICAGO | A Lansing man, a relative of a prominent South Side anti-violence activist, was shot and killed Sunday in the Englewood neighborhood, police and a family spokesman said Monday.
Ronald A. Baskin, 21, of Lansing, was shot in the neck at 3:55 p.m. in the 6500 block of South Green Street while in a car on the way to visiting his great-uncle Hal Baskin, police and the spokesman said.
Hal Baskin began the Peace Organization more than 20 years ago in a effort to fight street violence.
Ronald Baskin had just visited with his great-grandmother and other relatives when he got in the car to visit Hal Baskin's family, said family spokesperson Keith Harris.
"Especially on Mother's Day, it's the worst kind of news you can have," Harris said. "In the early '90s and late '80s, there were a lot of gang killings and members of the community knew the influence he (Hal Baskin) had and he put together the Peace Organization with area ministers and since that time he had been involved in trying to reduce the crime and violence in our community," Harris added.
A Chicago police news affairs officer said Ronald Baskin was in a car heading toward the 6500 block of South Green Street when another vehicle approached and shots were fired, striking Ronald Baskin. The vehicle fled and Ronald Baskin was pronounced dead at the scene.
Ronald Baskin lived in Lansing with his mother and was planning to attend barber school, Harris said. He attended Thornton Fractional South High School in 2007, school officials said in an email.
Harris said there is no known motive for the shooting.
"It's very unlikely he was a target," Harris said. "He was never involved in anything that would make him a target."
"(The family's) message is because of who Hal is and the reputation and prominence of the family in Englewood (they are) calling for everyone to be peaceful and calm and let the authorities handle the situation," Harris said. "Ronald lived in Lansing and everybody knew the family and emotions are still high, they just want everybody to remain calm and keep emotions in check."