Deshawnay Yoakum Wiki – Deshawnay Yoakum Biography

A six-year-old performer in Chicago’s Bud Billiken Parade, Deshawnay Yoakum danced wherever she went, leading the way and spreading joy. Recently, she landed her first job at a Culver restaurant and was preparing for her upcoming prom. But instead of continuing to work for her future, Yoakum spent her 18th birthday fighting for her life this month at UChicago Medicine trying to recover from a gunshot wound to the head.

The family marked her birthday on March 9 by gathering around her hospital bed, hoping for a full recovery, but four days later, Yoakum was pronounced dead, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Details are unclear, but Yoakum was visiting a cousin of hers at her Bronzeville apartment on March 1. The cousin found her shot to her head. She was taken in critical condition to UChicago Medicine. Chicago police said no one is in custody and detectives are investigating the circumstances that led to the shooting.


Yoakum’s family said Tuesday that the cousin the teen was visiting might be afraid to reveal what happened and did not blame her. The cousin is the mother of four children. But the family is hoping members of the Bronzeville community will come forward with details about who shot the teen. Yoakum’s mother, Artamese Prewitt, sobbed during a Tribune interview this week: “My baby, God, my baby.”

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Deshawnay Yoakum fatally shot

Prewitt said her daughter recently took photos of herself and was getting ready for her upcoming prom. A lively and talented teenager, Yoakum danced wherever she went, her mother said. “She had just gotten her first job at Culver’s and had plans to become a CNA,” her mother said. “I never thought this would happen to you”, she speaking aloud to herself, speaking of her son.


Her daughter developed a love for dance and she never let it go, joining the Next Level dance team performing in front of crowds in the Bud Billiken Parade, a summer celebration of youth before school starts in the fall. . The Bud Billiken Parade takes place every year on Chicago’s South Side along King Drive, beginning at 26th Street and ending at 51st Street in Washington Park in the Bronzeville neighborhood, the same community where Yoakum suffered his fatal injuries. Read More…..

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