Jaylon McKenzie, an eighth-grader who attended Central Junior High in Belleville, Ill., died after being shot Saturday night in Venice, Ill.
McKenzie, regarded as a football phenom, was featured in Sports Illustrated’s Future in November 2018. The East St. Louis native was one of six teenagers included in the piece.
Last August, McKenzie drew national attention when he caught five passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns at the NFL's 8th Grade All-American Game in Canton, Ohio.
He posted on social media that he had received football scholarship offers from the University of Missouri and University of Illinois.
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