Timika Rutledge-German talks about her son, Cornelius German
Heather Charles/Chicago Tribune

Cornelius German told his mother he was afraid to wait for her at the bus stop because of all the shootings lately, so he asked her to meet him at a friend's.

Timika Rutledge said she and the boy's father pulled up to a home and waited Monday night, even blowing the horn for him to come out. Then they saw police arrive.



"I saw an officer and I stopped him and asked, 'Officer, what's going on?' "

"A kid got shot in the back," he told Rutledge.

"I went back there and saw my son's jacket and his gym shoes. I just bought those shoes. I saw him laying in the grass in the backyard. … I knew it was him in the dark.

"I stayed there until they took him to the morgue," Rutledge said. "They covered him in a burgundy blanket."



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