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17-Year-Old Fatally Shot in Chicago Heights Park

Mikah Darko, of Chicago, is dead after a shooting near 15th and Hanover streets.

Mikah Darko, a 17-year-old Chicago man, was shot and killed in a Chicago Heights park, according to Chicago Heights police.

The shooting occurred near 15th and Hanover streets Saturday night. The man was pronounced dead on the scene, after being shot a single time, according to the report

Detectives are investigating.

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AUSPICIOUS ! November 04, 2012 at 08:05 PM
How very very sad. My condolences to the family, loved ones and friends of this young man. God Help us Lord !!! Heavenly father we need your divine intervention, we pray in Jesus Holy name, Amen!
Robin Caesar Giles November 04, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Very Sad, The Devil Is Killed Our Children, I Rebuke That Killed Spirit In Jesus Mighty Name!!! My Prayer Is That Lord Will Heal That Family Of This Young Boy Heart Day By Day, The Devil Is a Lie, Lord Help And Save Our Kids From Satan,He Out To Kill Steal And To Destroy, But God Come That We Might Have Life, And Have It More Abundantly That The Word Of God.
Michael Wright November 05, 2012 at 12:51 AM
With all due respect to everyone's personal religious beliefs, quit praying after the fact and start raising your children right, before stupid senseless events like this happen. Everyone wants to pray, march and hold candlelight vigils, but no one can answer the basic question of who is raising these idiots and do you know where your kids are???
Chicagoheightsmike November 05, 2012 at 02:55 AM
I have to agree with you a bit on this one Michael. It does not give much information, but what is a 17 year old doing in the park at night and parks close after dusk. And I agree, prayers are good but this kid is gone due to more violence. I am sure Patch will let us know further information
Robin Caesar Giles November 05, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Well That There Is Start At Is Pray, We All Need To Pray For The Blood Of Jesus, No Matter What I Am Going To Always Pray For Our Kids, All Them Is Not Bad Kids Some Is Just In The Wrong Place And The Wrong Time, Some Of Their Kids Is Good Kids And Want Some Then Out Of Life, So You Know If That Was a Good Kids Of Not, Just Like You Can Be a The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time, Just Because He Was Young That The First Thing Everybody Think That It Gang Relate That What Wrong With Some People Now They Don't Want To Pray And No Have No Love For Other, But If It Was Your Family You Will Want Everybody To Pray, No Dispect But The True, And I Can See If You Micheal But I Can Understand If You Don't Believe In God And Don't Have a Prayer Life, Prayer Changer Things, So I Am Going To Always Prayer For Our Children On Matter What.
Brinda hill November 05, 2012 at 06:00 AM
Thank you for that comment to micheal that kid Michael was talking about was my nephew and he was a good kid and prayer is what is going to get us through this and for micheal my mother always said if you don't have nothing good to say then don't say nothing at all
michael king November 05, 2012 at 01:14 PM
All we can do is pray each day and keep the faith i lost many friends out there and what really hurt i had to come back out there to carry a childhood friends casket and the only time i see her is in my dreams i will pray for u all and including myself
momof4 November 05, 2012 at 01:37 PM
So sad...may he rest in peace and his family find comort and peace.
Harry November 05, 2012 at 01:55 PM
i know its against peoples rights but when the police see kids in an area with a lot of crime they should be able to search them with out any reason. my niece was robbed at Mcdonalds in lansing yesterday at gun point for her iphone, and stranders just coming up to my door for to reason, i do not open door for anyone what is going on.I wish we had the answers
SharonC November 05, 2012 at 02:29 PM
The story says he was in a park after dusk..it dosent say what time...ok yea he shouldnt of been in the park...but he didnt deserve to die over it...if it was late than yes i agree with micheals comment...parents should know where their kids are...but i DEF dont agree with the why are u praying after the fact...Michael we pray non stop before, during and after...If you read the prayers they are asking god to rebuke the devil out of these kids and quit this violence...and praying for the families going through this horrible tragedy...such as if a person you know is ill and passes, or gets in a car accident and passes...you offer your prayers and condolences to the families goin through this tragedy...I myself thank god never had to go through this, but i feel so bad for the families that do...The devil has many powers that overcome not just our children..but everybody...Im sure you've read stories about preachers kids not following the life they were raised up in and following the devils path...its terrible but its reality...so all the prayers before, during or after are nothing but a common for those who believe...When you here news like this everyone always thinks of the negative...ok common...but do we know the real story? He could of just been taking a short cut home through that park...We dont know...Bottom line...no one deserves to die from the ignorance of others!!!!! My prayers go out to all who knew him...Way to young to be takin :(
Chicagoheightsmike November 05, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Sharon, I agree with you 100 percent, this young man did not deserve to have his life taken away. That is why I said we dont know the whole story.
Michael Wright November 05, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Please understand that I am not against prayer or religion. I just don't understand why, time-after-time, event-after-tragic-event, the parents of these kids are never around until AFTER the horrific incidents occur and then it's like "my baby, my child!" and still NO ONE ever steps up and says, "I should've made sure my child was home", because it's bad enough when innocent people sitting on their front porch or inside on their couches are killed by stray/random bullets during a drive-by, but no one seems to be raising these children anymore. My GOD and yes I do mean GOD, no one takes responsibility. And then it becomes a double-sided tragedy: the loss of another life (literally) and the loss of a life due to incarceration (if the guilty person is caught). BOTH families suffer and BOTH families lose a loved one. So once again, I ask: At what point did the person doing the crime become "LOST" to their loved ones and allowed to harm others?! People, quit having children if you do not have the time and energy to raise them yourselves. We have an entire generation of lost souls who don't know how to read or write, but they sure know how to point a gun and kill someone. Jesus Christ, I sincerely pray that someone stands up and says, "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!" Quit praying long enough to discipline them and teach them right from wrong. Because if you all pray this much, they should be in church every single day and twice on Sunday to learn the teachings of God and Christ.
Denice November 05, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I don't know about you guys but I miss the good old days (the 70's I believe) when police had the right to stop and search you if you were loitering or congregating in mass in public areas. It definitely thwarted a lot of potential criminal activity---often reulting in weapons and drug arrests. Nowadays the police can only disperse loiterers---not search them for weapons or drug paraphernalia. I know a lot of people feel differently---that people shouldn't be subject to searches just because they're hanging out, but I believe that if you have nothing to hide then you have nothing to worry about. Think how many crimes and deaths could have been averted if police still had that right. Sometimes you have to give up some liberties in order to live safely. Isn't that why we have to remove our shoes and be subjected to full body x-rays when we travel via airplanes?
Robin Caesar Giles November 05, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I Don't Know The Young Men, But I So Sorry For Your Lost, And brinda Yes Prayer Going a Long Way, And Just Like I Said All Young Kids Is Not Bad Kids We Have Lots Of Good Kids Out There, And I Pray For Our Kids Everyday That The Lord Will Cover With His Mighty Blood, Good Kids And Bad Kids It Don't Matter,Cause Satan Is Out For Our Kids, My Prayer Is With You And The Family That The Lord Will Comfort And Heal Your Hearts Day By Day, My God Bless And Keep You And Your Family In a Time Like This So Sorry.
Robin Caesar Giles November 05, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Sharon Not Just Prayer For This Kid, But All Children Because Satan Is Working In Our Children Today, Not Just Them, But We Is In The Last Days That Why Things Is Like It Is Now, But We Can't Save Everybody But Prayer Will Help Someone That Why It Always Good To Pray Cause You Don't Know Who Will Come To Christ Just By Been Prayer For,Just Like The Word Said Every Time You Try To do Good Evil Is Always Present That The Word Of God, One Soul God Win The Devil Loss My Job Is Working For Jesus And Prayer For Other That Is Lost....God Bless.
Pat Poke November 14, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Pat We do need prayer. This is just not confined to youth. People (adults included) are being murdered on our streets every day. To those of you thatt are stating that parents should know where your children are, It's almost impossible. Micah was my nephew and I had just left him no more than 45 mins before this happen and yes it occurred at approximately between 9:30 and 10:00. He was 17 years old and it is almost impossible to know where a 17 year old is at before curfew. Think back to when you were a teen. If we all were perfect we would't have this problem. Yes, he was no angel however I would put him next to any average 17 year old and I would stake my life on it that they would be no better than he was. He was raised to be a respectalbe young man and I truly believe he was. My family thank those that are praying for us and hope that you continue to do so. It is the only thing that is sustaining us!
Reeshenna November 19, 2012 at 11:40 PM
This is a terrible situation that happened just around the corner from my home. I agree with some of the comments that were said and some are very inappropriate, my opinion. I just want for our young black men and women to come together and make a difference in the community. We have so many creative and intelligent young people in Chicago Heights! The mothers and fathers can only do so much. So these young people including myself need to take more responsibility in our actions. Take some of that negative energy and thought and put it into something that will be positive for ALL.
John62Boy November 21, 2012 at 03:10 PM
It is very sad that a young person died! But do we know how he really lived? To make judgement without all the unknown facts and unknown answers to the questions that have not been answered. We leave ourselves open to pain and despair assocated with finding out the unknown truth. Please, give this a good read. (THE FOLLOWING).... This Article speaks as if the person die as a victim (Yes) he was of is own circumstances. Lets look into the part he played. Why was he there? Mikah Darko, was from Chicago,IL and he being made out to be a innocent victim. There are three(3) other youths that are from (Chicago) allegedly charged with(Unlawful Sale or Delivery of a Firearm) and (Mob Action) all live in the same area; " so this is not that where someone happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is nothing more than a (GUN SALE) gone bad. If, Mikah Darko, was still here with us he to like those other teens would have been charged and arrested by the Police. So,there are still unanswer questions as to the whole part Mikah Darko, played into is own death. Please, hold out until the all evidence has been intered and the unknown questions have been answered. THANK YOU !!! for your reading and your comments...

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