D'Angelo Bratton-Blanda Lincoln University Student Government Association president who graduated from Chicago's Perspectives Math and Science Academy Academy and hoped to return there to teachwas shot in Jefferson City, Missouri, and died Dec. 12, according to CBS 2 Chicago.
His former principal and second mother, Tiffany L. Harston, said Bratton-Bland, 23, was openly gay, and often spoke out for justice and well as helped students at his alma mater. People said they don't know if his sexual orientation was a factor in his killing.
A vigil/balloon launch/fundraiser was held Dec. 17 at Perspectives for Bratton-Bland, WGNTV.com added. The money raised at the fundraiser will be used to help offset the cost of his funeral. In addition, a GoFundMe page has been established at https://www.gofundme.com/dangelo-bratton-funeral-expenses.
The CBS article is at chicago.cbslocal.com/2018/12/14/shooting-jefferson-city-dangelo-bratton-bland-college-student/. The WGN piece is at wgntv.com/2018/12/17/vigil-held-for-23-year-old-chicago-student-slain-in-missouri/.