City Year Co-Founder and CEO Michael Brown and City Year Chicago Vice President and Executive Director Rebeca Nieves Huffman issue the following statement following the tragic murder of Xavier Joy, a City Year AmeriCorps alumnus who served the students of Chicago in 2014.
"The entire City Year community joins the family and friends of Xavier Joy in mourning his tragic death and celebrating his short but impactful life. Xavier served as a City Year Chicago AmeriCorps member in 2014, and dedicated his time and energy to making his community stronger by serving the students of Chalmers School of Excellence in the North Lawndale community. At City Year, Xavier exemplified the sense of idealism and optimism for the future, as well as a dedication to service and to the children of Chicago. This senseless tragedy is an unspeakable loss for his family, his community, and the entire City Year family. We remain dedicated to being part of the solution in ending these acts of violence and ask that everyone join us in celebrating the service that thousands of young adults like Xavier contribute to making the world a better place."