Former Evanston standout Bost shot and killed in Chicago

  • Stevenson's Luke Chieng, left, has his shot blocked by Evanston's Ryan Bost during the Class 4A boys basketball supersectional in 2019 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Bost was shot and killed in Chicago Monday night.

    Stevenson's Luke Chieng, left, has his shot blocked by Evanston's Ryan Bost during the Class 4A boys basketball supersectional in 2019 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Bost was shot and killed in Chicago Monday night. Daily Herald File Photo

 
 
Updated 11/10/2020 5:13 PM

Former Evanston basketball standout Ryan Bost was fatally shot Monday in Rogers Park on the North Side, police said.

About 7 p.m., the 20-year-old was in the back seat of a vehicle in the 6700 block of North Newgard Avenue when someone approached and fired shots after an exchange of words, Chicago police said.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Bost was struck in the chest and taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Area Three detectives are investigating.

Bost, a 2019 Evanston high school graduate, was a three-year starting guard on the basketball team. He helped the Wildkits to a second-place finish in the state his senior year and a third-place finish his junior year. The 2018 team defeated Larkin in the third-place game in Peoria with Bost scoring 9 points. He scored 13 points against Stevenson in a 2019 supersectional win for the Wildkits.

"He was a person that was always putting others before himself," Evanston basketball coach Mike Ellis said. "He was just such a calming factor in every place we went, including practices that were heated and chaotic. And in timeouts in games when teams were going on runs against us. Everybody was pretty vocal at times and there was always Ryan there soaking it in, very stoic. And he when he did speak everyone paid attention."

In the long history of Evanston basketball, no player won more games than Bost. He teamed with fellow 2019 graduates Jaheim Holden and Lance Jones to win more than 100 games.

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"Lance, Jaheim and Ryan won 104 games in four years, the most in the history of the school," Ellis said. "And his grandfather Bob Bost was a legend in the community. He was the one holdover on the coaching staff that took me under his wing to bridge the past and the future of Evanston basketball."

Bost's younger brother Rashawn is currently a junior on the Evanston basketball team.

"It's challenging right now to try and make sure all the kids are ok," Ellis said. "If we had in-school learning we'd be meeting and just able to be with one another and talk. We are going to do a Zoom meeting to try to bring everybody together but a Zoom meeting doesn't have the same influence it would in person."

Ellis said that a large group of nearly 100 gathered outside St. Francis hospital last night when word got around that Bost had been hurt. Ellis said that Bost's parents weren't allowed in the hospital.

"It was tough," Ellis said. "I don't know if that was due to the investigation or [COVID-19] but they were wearing masks."

This story was produced in partnership with the Chicago Sun-Times. For related coverage, visit chicago.suntimes.com.

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