CHICAGO — At 6’5”, Miles Thompson stood out, but not just because of his stature.

“He was someone that united people. They looked up to him,” his stepdad Michael Cooper said.

Thompson was a big brother, a camp counselor and a Glenbrook North High School all-conference football player his senior year, earning a football scholarship to college. His stepdad says he took a gap year because of the pandemic and became an entrepreneur.

“He would refurbish gym shoes as one of his little businesses, he wanted to have a power-washing company, he already started his LLC for MT Assets, a trucking and logistics business,” Cooper said. “Anything he decided he wanted to do, he could do it.”

His dream was cut short on July 7 when he went to visit his father on Chicago’s West Side. It was something he did every couple of weeks, but this time, Miles didn’t come back. Last Thursday morning, his little brother found him shot outside his father’s home in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood.

Whoever did this, it really makes no sense,” Miles’ father Marc Thompson said.

The family said they’re regularly in touch with police, but one has been arrested yet. They said an SUV pulled up and two to three men jumped out and shot Miles.

The family now beginning to understand the impact Miles had.

“He had tons of friends and we’re finding out he had tons more.” Thompson said.

As a senior, Miles drove freshman Natalie Margulies to school every day. She said on days when she was nervous, he’d text her and check in on her at school.

“He really was just such a good person and I don’t know what I’m going to do without having him there,” she said.

As the family waits for answers and an arrest, Miles’ stepdad hopes others find inspiration in his life.

“Maybe they’ll pick up the ball and run with it,” he said.

The community is holding a lantern release in Miles’ honor Saturday at 7 p.m. At Wood Oaks Green Park in Northbrook. A public flyer says all are welcome to attend.

District 225 sent the following statement on the death of Thompson.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of one of Glenbrook North’s 2020 graduates. Miles Thompson was a student that represented so much of what Glenbrook North stands for. He was a Central-suburban league all-conference football player in the fall of 2019 at GBN. Thompson had a scholarship to continue his education and football career at St. Ambrose University in Iowa. He had a deep impact on many of those around him. Thompson is survived by his siblings, one of which is a student at our schools. At this time, we have provided grief support to our current students. We ask parents to reach out to the school’s main office if they seek additional support for their child during this tragic time.”

Superintendent, Dr. Charles Johns

Anyone with information on the shooting can leave an anonymous tip at cpdtip.com.

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