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Candidate's Son Dies in Shooting

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The excitement that usually comes with a primary election in East Chicago, Indiana is tempered today due to the death of a child.

Chicago Public Radio’s Michael Puente reports.

Seven-yeaer-old 7-year-old Angel Silvas was shot in the head while sitting in his father’s car outside of his home late Monday afternoon.

He was pronounced dead at a local hospital yesterday. His father, Michael, is on the ballot in today’s primary election, running for the 1st-distrcit seat on the East Chicago City Council.

East Chicago police say politics did not play a role in the death, and are investigating it as a possible gang-related homicide.

The child’s father, 24-year-old Michael Silvas Jr. isn’t campaigning today.

The candidate’s father, Michael Silvas Senior, says he’s unsure if his son will serve if elected.

I’m Michael Puente. Chicago Public Radio.

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