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Man Shot at Elementary School Described As Street Gang Member

February 9, 1996

CHICAGO (AP) _ A man shot to death after dropping his girlfriend’s children off at school was a high-ranking street gang member and was slain execution-style, a newspaper reported today.

Robert Hurd, 26, was shot in the back of the head by two men who jumped into his car as he was about to drive away from Reavis Elementary School shortly before classes Thursday morning, police said.

The attackers drove off in the car as Hurd staggered into the school, where he collapsed in a pool of blood while pupils and teachers watched in horror. He died an hour later at Cook County Hospital.

The car was found abandoned blocks away.

No arrests have been made, police said.

Citing unidentified police sources, the Chicago Tribune reported that Hurd was a high-ranking member of a South Side gang with a record of drug- and weapons-related convictions dating to 1990.

Hurd dropped off his girlfriend’s four daughters, ages 3 to 9, at the school at about the same time every day, principal Winifred French said.

Gang activity has been a problem in the area, she said.

``We have heard shots fired outside our windows in the park, but never anything like this,″ French said. ``Thank God it was after most of the kids had made their way to their classrooms.″

Counselors spent much of Thursday in classrooms. Reavis Elementary, on the edge of the Hyde Park neighborhood, has 725 pupils in preschool through fourth grade.

``About a dozen kids were overcome with emotion and had to get individual counseling,″ counselor Abby Hagg said. ``We’ll be here next week, too.″

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