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Iowa Central student killed in Gary

Kinney: ‘He had a very strong future ahead of him’

Jacquice Baylock

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The Iowa Central student who was shot and killed Wednesday night was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in Gary, Indiana, according to published news reports.

The shooting was reported at about 6:40 p.m., according to Gary police.

Jacquice Baylock, 18, of Lynwood, Illinois, was shot in the 1800 block of Taney Place in Gary. Gary is about a 30-minute drive from Lynwood, a south suburb of Chicago.

When officers arrived to the scene in Gary, Baylock was found with multiple wounds. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No one has been charged with the crime.

Baylock was a sophomore at Iowa Central. He played wide receiver, wearing No.17 for the football team.

“All of our players liked him,ã said Jesse Montalto, Iowa Central head football coach, on Thursday. “We knew he had a chance to be as good as anybody.”

Baylock was part of the 2019 Triton recruiting class.

Dan Kinney, president of Iowa Central, learned of the tragedy Thursday morning.

“Anytime we lose a student it is a sad occasion, but it is particularly difficult to lose a student through such a senseless act,” Kinney said. “Jacquice has been a great example and representative of our Triton football team and Iowa Central Community College.”

According to Montalto, Baylock was set to return to Fort Dodge this weekend.

“There was some of our players with him a few hours before,” Montalto said. “It’s a crazy deal. In three more days he would have been back here with nothing to worry about.”

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An Iowa Central Community College student has been shot and killed in Chicago, the college announced Thursday.

Jacquice Baylock was identified as a victim in the shooting, which apparently occurred sometime Wednesday night, according to Iowa Central Head Football Coach Jesse Montalto.

Baylock was a sophomore at Iowa Central. He played wide receiver, wearing No.17 for the football team.

“All of our players liked him,” Montalto said. “We knew he had a chance to be as good as anybody.”

Details on when the shooting occurred and the immediate circumstances surrounding it were not available by press time. An inquiry has been made to the Chicago Police Department.

“Anytime we lose a student it is a sad occasion, but it is particularly difficult to lose a student through such a senseless act,” said Dan Kinney, president of the college. “Jacquice has been a great example and representative of our Triton football team and Iowa Central Community College.”

Kinney said he received a text from Montalto at about 7 a.m. Thursday informing him of the tragedy.

“Coach is pretty torn up about it,” Kinney said. “He was a great kid. Always had a smile on his face. He had a very strong future ahead of him. Unfortunately, his life was taken too early.”

Kinney said many of the students and players were close to Baylock.

“There’s a lot of broken hearts tonight,” Kinney said. “We are working with our football team in regards to getting anything they need. Hopefully as the weekend goes on we will learn more. My heart breaks for his parents, his family. The most important thing Triton nation can do is reach out and be as supportive as we can to his friends, family and teammates.”

Baylock was part of the 2019 Triton recruiting class. He came from Lynwood, Illinois, a south suburb of Chicago.

He played JV for the team in 2019, but was likely to play varsity this season, Montalto said.

According to Montalto, Baylock was set to return to Fort Dodge this weekend.

“There was some of our players with him a few hours before,” Montalto said. “It’s a crazy deal. In three more days he would have been back here with nothing to worry about.”

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