In Memoriam of Urban Prep student Mr. Deonte Hoard

On the evening of Monday, March 2, 2015, Urban Prep senior Deonte Hoard was shot and killed while walking to his home in the South Deering neighborhood.

An exuberant young man, Mr. Hoard was a member of Urban Prep’s Basketball and Track teams, and had been admitted to several colleges.
Mr. Hoard was the first Urban Prep student to be killed while enrolled. His life was cut short by a senseless act of violence. However, this is not the reason we will remember him.  Instead, we will remember a young man, full of promise and potential, well-liked by teachers and friends, and loved by his family.

Urban Prep will honor Mr. Hoard in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, grief counselors have been made available to Urban Prep students and staff.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time.

Urban Prep will help Mr. Hoard’s family in their time of need as well as provide additional support and violence prevention programming to our students and staff. Donations to assist in this effort can be made by clicking here.

Funeral Services for Mr. Hoard:

  • Visitation will be held at Leak & Son’s Funeral Home (7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL) on Friday, March 13th from 5pm to 9pm
  • Wake & Funeral will be held at St. Andrews Temple (1743 W. Marquette Rd, Chicago, IL) on Saturday, March 14th beginning at 10am & 11am respectively


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