Former Atlanta assistant principal shot, killed in Chicago high-rise

A former Atlanta assistant principal was shot and killed in a high-rise building Thursday, according to officials.

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The Chicago Police Department said a little after 7:30 p.m., they were called to the 100 block of E. Monroe Street in regard to a person shot.

When officers arrived, they reportedly found a man in the hallway with multiple gunshot wounds to his body.

WLS-TV, Channel 2′s ABC affiliate in Chicago, identified the victim as 32-year-old Abnerd Joseph.

The investigation revealed that Joseph got into an argument before being shot by a 45-year-old man shot and killed him. He died at Northwestern Hospital.


WLS-TV spoke with Joseph’s brothers Friday afternoon who stated they were in a state of shock.

They said their brother was someone who spent his life giving to others.

Joseph was the assistant principal of culture at the Intrinsic High School in Chicago.

According to the school’s website, his main areas of focus were school climate, student discipline, school-wide transitions and procedures, and student safety.

Before joining the Intrinsic School system, he was an assistant principal at KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools.

KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools sent a statement to Channel 2 Action News that states:

“At KIPP, we hold every member of our team in the highest regard. Our educators, administrators, and support staff are not just colleagues; they are family to us. Mr. Joseph was an integral part of our family, and his dedication, passion, and commitment to our scholars and the mission of KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools will always be remembered and cherished. Mr. Joseph served as an Assistant Principal at both KIPP Vision Primary School and KIPP STRIVE Academy. Prior to being a school administrator, Mr. Joseph was a phenomenal life sciences and algebra teacher and implemented positive behavioral interventions and supports within his classrooms.

To provide support during this challenging time, we have arranged for grief counseling services to be available to all scholars and staff members who may need them. We understand that grieving is a personal process, and we want to ensure that everyone in our community has access to the resources they need to cope with their feelings and emotions.

Our school community is strong, and together, we will find ways to honor Mr. Joseph’s memory and continue the important work he was so passionate about.  We are here for you, and we are committed to providing a supportive and nurturing environment for everyone in our KIPP family.”

In a statement sent to WLS-TV from Intrinsic School said, “We are deeply saddened and shocked by the loss of Mr. Joseph who served our school as an empathetic leader, role model and inspiration for our students. We are communicating this tragedy to our community and providing any support needed to both students and his colleagues during this difficult time. Our hearts are with Mr. Joseph’s family.”

Loved ones have set up a GoFundMe to help with a memorial fund for Joseph. To donate, click here.

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What led up to the shooting is still unclear.

Detectives told WLS-TV the 45-year-old man is not currently in police custody. Officials said the man is a concealed-carry license holder.

The investigation is ongoing.