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We had been looking for a grave but couldn’t find it. We had thought the teen’s nickname, “Angel,” might be on the headstone, but it wasn’t. We waited for the family to arrive, and followed them and the gaggle of kids as they hauled chairs, bottles of water, balloons, Flowers, figurines and candles to where Juan has been buried since 2009. He was shot and killed after playing basketball in Cornell Square Park in Back of the Yards one night. His family came to honor the six year anniversary of his death. He died when he was only 14.