By LOU FOGLIA
Homicide Watch Chicago
Tykina Ali loved to laugh, family members recall.
And her mother, Tykia Watts, said the 20-year-old was persistent at getting others to laugh with her.
“If you was down, she would bring you up,” Watts said. “If you would see her down, then you’d know something was really wrong.”
Ali, of the 1600 block of West Ogden, was shot in the head Aug. 23 while riding in a vehicle in the 2600 block of South Kedzie, Chicago Police said.
She later died after being brought to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Police said she had been a passenger in a vehicle when someone in another vehicle nearby fired shots.
On the day of Ali’s death, more than 200 people gathered with balloons, candles and posters for a memorial outside her elementary school, John Hay Community Academy, her mother said.
Even more people attended her funeral on Sept. 3.