The morning Travell Miller was shot and killed in Chicago was an otherwise ordinary day. The 33-year-old single dad was doing the morning school run September 1 when a gunman approached his car window and began firing. In just seconds, four bullets struck Miller, who instinctively leaned over to protect his 7-year-old daughter. Although the loving father may have been able to save his little girl, he ultimately lost his life in the deadly attack.
The shooting took place around 7:30 a.m. September 1, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
At the time, Miller was sitting in traffic while driving through Chicago’s West Side neighborhood. The devoted single dad was about to drop off 7-year-old daughter Norielle for her third day of school and was chatting with his mom on the phone when tragedy struck.
“He was simply driving his daughter to school,” Miller’s father, Joseph Gilmore, said September 2. “He was talking to his mother [on the phone] as this guy runs up on the car.”
Miller was struck by four bullets before the gunman left.
Paramedics soon arrived to rush the 33-year-old father to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
According to Joseph Gilmore, who spoke with his son’s doctor, the particular location of Miller’s wounds indicate that he had leaned over to protect his daughter just seconds before the shots rang out.
“Being the great father that he was, he used his body as a shield to protect her from the attack,” Tunesia Gilmore wrote on a GoFundMe page.
In the process, though, the little girl was forced to witness her father dying before her very eyes.
“Daddy was the best man in my life. And he’s gone,” the little girl told WGN News last week as she broke down in tears.
According to those who knew him, the 33-year-old had no known enemies on Chicago’s West Side. In fact, he had moved to the area just five days earlier