Memorial services planned for Friday for Xavier Joy

Staff Writer 

Memorial services are set for Friday morning, June 13, for 23-year-old, Xavier O. Joy, a Chicago Public School graduate who was shot and killed last Thursday, June 8, two blocks from his home near 62nd Street and Ingleside Avenue.

Chicago Police responded to a call of person shot on the 6200 Block of South Ingleside Ave., June 8, at 10:08 p.m.

Police found Joy in a parking lot of an apartment building with multiple gunshots wounds. He was pronounced at the scene.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Joy’s death as a homicide.

Joy was a graduate of Whitney Young High School and majored in political science and played defense on the Morehouse College football team.

His work centered on mentoring young students in public schools in Evanston and Chicago.

Joy is also the son of Ra Joy, a political reformer and executive director of Change Illinois a coalition that addresses issues surrounding politics and government such as “restricted ballot access, uncompetitive elections, decreases citizen participation, lack of government transparency, unethical lobbying, and politically motivated redistricting,” according to the Change Illinois website.

A wake will be held on Friday, June 16, at 11 a.m., followed by a noon memorial service at Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave.