Friends of Ryan Bost tend the memorial, relighting the candles every evening and bringing flowers and photos inside when there is harsh weather. Photo by Heidi Randhava

A candlelight vigil was held on Nov. 10 to honor the life of former Evanston Township High School basketball star Ryan Bost. Candles, balloons, photographs, flowers and hand-written cards filled the front yard of the Bost family home at the end of the week.

“This is all done by his friends. When it rained last night, they took all the pictures down, brought them all in the house, brought all the flowers in the house, and came back today and set it all back up…They’ve been out here, just talking to him, saying ‘Ryan, remember when we did this’ and ‘What do you think about this.’ They’ve been awesome,” said his mother, Schawanda Bost.

A 2019 ETHS graduate, Mr. Bost was fatally shot on Nov. 9 in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago.

“The community has been awesome to us. I mean very, very, very awesome. People we don’t even know bring us food, water, pop. I get phone calls saying, ‘Whatever you need. Your son was awesome. He was a great kid.’ They’ve been doing a lot for us. I mean a lot. I just never knew my son was this loved. He had a big impact on Evanston,” said Ms. Bost.

Known for his kind, caring and humble attitude, Mr. Bost was a three-year starting guard who helped the Wildkits bring home a second place State trophy in 2019 and earn a third place finish in 2018.

A third-generation Evanston basketball standout, Mr. Bost followed his father, Robert Bost, and his late grandfather, Robert Bost, Sr. His younger brother, Rashawn, is currently a junior on the ETHS varsity basketball team.

He said he’s working extra, extra hard, even harder than he was,” Ms. Bost said about her son Rashawn, whose birthday was on the day that his brother, Ryan, died.

“He wears [Ryan’s] jersey #24…He said, ‘I’ve got to get in big shoes now. I’ve got to do, you know, what my brother did.’ He did say that when he graduates, his senior year, he is going to ask Coach Ellis about retiring #24. I just still can’t believe it. I just feel like, it’s not true, it’s not true,” said Ms. Bost.


Heidi Randhava

Heidi Randhava is an award winning reporter who has a deep commitment to community engagement and service. She has written for the Evanston RoundTable since 2016.