By BRITTANY REYES
Homicide Watch Chicago
A knock on the door on the morning on March 4 surprised Shapearl Wells, and when Chicago Police officers told her to call Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center about her son, Courtney Copeland, she knew something was wrong.
“My heart immediately dropped because police don’t just come to your door asking you to call the hospital unless it’s something serious,” Wells said. “When we called the hospital, they said they couldn’t give us any information over the phone, and I completely lost it because I knew it had to be bad.”
When the family arrived at the hospital, they were immediately brought to the family room and Wells said at that point, she knew her son was gone. They sat for 30 minutes awaiting news, and after the doctor came in to confirm Copeland’s passing, the family was told the cause of death: another senseless shooting.