Grayslake teen who died from gunshot wound after house fire identified

Authorities have identified Zachary Bollam as the Grayslake teen who died from injuries suffered last week when he was shot in the head before a fire broke out in his home.

Zachary, 17, was pronounced dead at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Grayslake police said Monday. The Cook County medical examiner’s office released his identity Tuesday and said the cause of death remains under investigation.

Zachary was rushed to the hospital Aug. 22, after three Grayslake police officers pulled him from his burning home in the 300 block of Normandy Lane and discovered he was suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

He was a student in Grayslake Community High School District 127, officials confirmed Tuesday. Members of the district’s crisis team met Tuesday and members of the counseling department will be available to support students throughout the coming weeks, according a statement from the district.

“The district will continue to offer support and assistance for members of our school family as we all pull together and move forward in the midst of this sad loss,” the statement reads.

Police say Zachary’s grandmother and guardian, Deborah St. Antoine-Browne, 65, killed herself Thursday by jumping off the top floor of the medical center’s parking garage after police questioned her about the teen’s shooting.

Before taking her own life, police said, St. Antoine-Browne instructed Zachary’s younger sister to ingest a bottle of prescription medication. The girl took some of the medication but then sought medical help in the hospital’s emergency department, authorities said.

In 2011, Zachary was profiled in Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center’s annual report. According to the article, Zachary, then just 12 years old, and his sister lived with St. Antoine-Browne and called her “Mom” because she had spent so many years raising them.

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