Illinois model killed in shooting while visiting grandparents

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Kaylyn Pryor
Kaylyn Pryor
Matt Ferguson

CHICAGO -- A 20-year-old Evanston, Illinois woman just beginning her career as a model was gunned down Monday while visiting her grandparents.

A 15-year-old boy was also wounded in the shooting, which happened at about 6:20 p.m. in the 7300 block of South May Street.

Police said the victims were outside when a vehicle approached and someone inside fired shots.

Kaylyn Pryor, of Evanston, was hit in the right armpit and transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where she died a short time later.

The boy was shot in the right leg and transported to a local hospital in good condition.

Pryor just won the months-long Mario Tricoci "Make Me a Model" competition in September.

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"We are saddened and broken-hearted to learn of the tragic passing of Kaylyn Pryor. Our hearts and prayers go out to her family. This touches every one of us who knew and worked with her. Kaylyn will be remembered for her kind and generous spirit. She truly was beautiful inside and out," Mario Tricoci said in a statement.

Pryor's sister says that their grandparents live in Englewood and that Pryor was leaving their place and walking to the bus stop with a friend when the drive-by shooter fired into a crowd of people.

She was going to her father's home in Evanston to pick up some modeling papers she needed to sign, her sister said.