Those who knew Dorian McGee knew he was caring and generous. McGee, a soon-to-be junior at Oak Park and River Forest High School, had a big heart, an “old soul” and a warm, endearing smile, community members said.
“Dorian had so many dreams and hope[s] for his life,” wrote Anthony Clark, a teacher at OPRF, on a GoFundMe page he created just days after the teen unexpectedly died.
On July 7, McGee was found unresponsive in the street, with multiple gunshot wounds, in Chicago’s North Lawndale community, Chicago police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said. Police said they found the 16-year-old around 5:45 a.m. in the 1300 block of South Millard Avenue.
McGee was transported to Mt. Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No suspects are in custody, as Area Four Detectives are still investigating. Those with information are encouraged to contact police or submit a tip anonymously at CPDtip.com.
Clark created a GoFundMe account for McGee’s family to help raise money for funeral costs. As of July 12, donations from community members have exceeded the $6,000 goal, bringing the total to $6,608.
“I have been teaching for going on 13 years & [sic] Dorian McGee is now the 13th student I have personally known to be taken by gun violence,” wrote Clark in a social media post dedicated to McGee.
He went on to say McGee had an impact on students and teachers “who all rooted for him” and was working hard to find his place in this world.
District 200 also released a statement, expressing condolences to the family and those who knew him.
“Our OPRF family is heartbroken by the unexpected passing of Dorian McGee,” the district said. “We have reached out to our staff and families to let them know that members of our Student Services team are available to support those who are struggling with this loss. During this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with Dorians’ family, friends and all who loved him.”
To make a donation, visit gofundme.com and under the search tab, type “In Loving Memory of Dorian McGee.”