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Clemente honors student gunned down in Humboldt Park

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Hours after President Obama talked about gun violence in Chicago, another student was shot and killed Friday night.

Honor student Frances Colon, 18, is the third student from Roberto Clemente High School to die from violence since the beginning of the school year.

Colon was gunned down moments after leaving a nearby store where she purchased chips, candy, and juice. A fight between two men also broke out inside the store before the gunfire.  Police and family members say Colon was not the intended target.

Colon was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital at 8:16 p.m. Friday, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. An autopsy on Saturday found that she suffered a fatal gunshot wound in her back and her death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner's office.

Judith Vazquez, who serves on Clemente's Local School Council, called Colon's death tragic and denounced all the recent shootings in which children have been killed.

"This is happening citywide, not just on the South Side, not just in Hyde Park where the president lives," she said referring to the fatal shooting of Hadiya Pendleton, 15, a mile from the President Barack Obama's house a week after she had performed in inauguration events in Washington, D.C. "The violence is bad citywide. It's affecting the kids as a whole."

"This girl was on track," Vazquez said, referring other questions to the school.

"We're going to have a memorial for her and to celebrate her life and then we're going to have a march, hopefully with all the schools, not just this school, with whoever has been through it because a lot of kids are dying lately with gun violence so that's what we're going to do," says colon's classmate and friend Destiny Rencon.

Rencon says grief counselors were on campus to help students heal from this latest tragedy and offered words of advice.

"It's just crazy," says student Jailene Rosario. "This isn't the first student we loss at Clemente. Every time we look at it, we're losing more and more students at our school and you know, our students - students are the future, we're the future and you know everyone is killing our future, little by little, sooner or later, we're not going to have a future."

On Monday morning, Colon's father attached balloons to the school's flagpole in memory of his daughter. Overwhelmed with grief, he broke down in tears before recalling a surreal moment.

"I was driving down Division and we stopped at a light and my daughter said, 'Dad look, the police light' and I turned around and I looked and there was a white sheet over the body, I saw it and I said 'yeah, there's a lot of shooting going on around here,'" Jose Colon recalls.

Jose Colon had no idea it was his daughter was the victim.

"My daughter was going to become a lawyer," Jose says. "She got accepted at Northeastern University."

No arrests were made as of Monday morning, but police continue to investigate.

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