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Priest, residents lament death of 9-year-old

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Dozens squeezed into the backyard of a Chicago apartment building to protest the violence that took the life of a 9-year-old boy.

Antonio Smith was shot at least twice and killed Wednesday afternoon, not far from where he lived in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on Chicago's South Side.

Activist priest Father Michael Pfleger and other ministers and community leaders have raised $13,500 as a reward for information leading to the capture of the boy's killer.

Pfleger said Thursday the killing of Antonio was not an accident, but the execution of an innocent child. Pfleger added anyone killing a child is "a terrorist in our neighborhood. He said the community wants the killer locked up.

Chicago police spokesman Officer Thomas Sweeney said no one was in custody in the shooting.

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