The Sun : Chicago boy, 12, died after being shot despite twin brother ‘trying to save life by putting pressure on wound’

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A TWELVE-year-old boy has died despite his twin brother trying to save his life by applying pressure to the gunshot wound.

Demetrius Townsel Jr was sitting in the back of a car with his twin Darius at around 9:30pm on Saturday when someone sprayed the vehicle with bullets in Illinois, hitting Demetrius.

Demetrius Townsel Jr. died on Saturday after his twin brother tried to save his life[/caption]

Darius held his brother all the way to Methodist Hospital two miles away and desperately applied pressure to his gunshot wound, WAVY reported.

The boy's mother, Catherine Brown, is pleading for someone to come forward.

"I can't hold my baby anymore please turn yourself in," she said.

"I go home empty. I miss his laugh. I miss him."

The siblings are from Chicago's Back of the Yards, and attended R.J. Daley Elementary Academy.

The twins and two other children went to a gas station with a relative to pick up snacks, according to CBS.

A $2,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of whoever shot the 12-year-old  has been offered

They had just left when someone started shooting at their car near 26th Avenue and Pierce Street. A bullet hit Demetrius in the head.

He was pronounced dead at 9:36 p.m. at Methodist Hospital Northlake Campus in Gary.

Townsel Jr's father, Demetrius Townsel, Sr., said despite the hurt he was feeling, he knew he had to keep his composure for his other son.

"Why would you take my baby's life? My baby was just 12 years old," he told NBC.

"How could you take that from me?"

There is a $2,000 reward to anyone who helps locate the person who shot Demetrius.

"It's unfortunate that something like this would happen to a 12-year-old child," Lenearl Lightfoot, Demetrius' stepfather said.

"I was a victim of gun violence myself. The first time I got shot I was 12 years old. Makes me more determined to find out who did this to him."

The Gary Police Department and the Lake County/Gary Metro Homicide Unit are investigating his death as a homicide.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-U-TELL-US (1-800-883-5587).

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