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Jaylon McKenzie, 8th-Grade Football Phenom Featured in Sports Illustrated, Shot Dead

McKenzie was one of six teenagers featured in Sports Illustrated’s “Future Issue” in November 2018.

Jaylon McKenzie, an eighth-grader who attended Central Junior High in Belleville, Ill., died after being shot Saturday night, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

McKenzie, regarded as a football phenom, was featured in Sports Illustrated‘s Future Issue in November 2018. He was one of six teenagers included in the piece.

Per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a Facebook Live video suggests McKenzie was shot during a party in Venice, Ill., and that at least one other person may have been shot.

The East St. Louis school district released a statement explaining that a few of its student had been shot during a party and crisis teams would be present on campus to provide counsel and support students.

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