By ELIZABETH CZAPSKI
Homicide Watch Chicago
On a summer day during their sophomore year of high school, Kayla Taylor and her boyfriend, Stevie Jefferson, sat down to talk about their future.
They envisioned a life together in Virginia after graduation, where they wanted to go to college, get good jobs, get married and have kids.
Jefferson and Taylor met during their freshman year at After School Matters, where they “wrote poetry, performed for young kids and went on college field trips,” Taylor said. Their favorite places to go together were Millennium Park and the beach.
A senior at Ombudsman High School, the 17-year-old Jefferson was scheduled to graduate in June, his mother, Latina Sanders Stuckey, said.
He would never get the chance.