Adam Toledo: Family creates Adam’s Place to help at-risk youth dedicated to 13-year-old killed in Chicago police shooting

CHICAGO (WLS) – Adam Toledo’s family announced plans to start a new nonprofit group to help young people at risk in the Chicago area.

Chicago police shot the 13-year-old in March. The video appeared to show a gun in Toledo’s hand, which he appeared to have dropped just before the shot.

Little Village mural for Adam Toledo, 13 year old killed in police shots

“He was a little kid. He made a mistake,” said Esmeralda Toledo, his sister.

On Adam’s 14th birthday, his family revealed their plans for Adam’s Place. The rural home for youth at risk that will eventually be built on 20 acres nearly 200 miles north of Chicago in Grant County, Wisconsin. It’s the kind of place that prevents others like Adam from making the same mistakes.

“What I really want is to have Adam back. And I can’t. But we can try to help other families protect their sons from the temptations that brought Adam onto the streets that night,” said family lawyer Adeena Weiss Ortiz and read a statement from Toledo’s mother, Elizabeth Toledo.

Elizabeth Toledo preferred to have her attorney read her testimony, describing her son’s love for animals. This is where the idea for Adam’s Place was born. The goal is to start with a class of eight downtown teenagers who hail from Chicago’s Little Village.

“Put them in an environment, let them understand how we depend on cattle and sheep to feed us, and that cattle and sheep depend on us to feed them,” said family lawyer Joel Hirschhorn.

His family made the announcement in front of a new mural in honor of their son on Wednesday afternoon. The non-profit association has created a website at www.adams-place.org.

The hope is groundbreaking that Adam’s Place can enter sometime this fall and that first class will move next summer.

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