“Caleb was a son, a brother, a community organizer, and a neighbor. His light and potential have been extinguished at the hands of gun violence, like so many others in Chicago,” Ald. Andre Vasquez (40th) said.

Alderman mourns a killing. But does he realize that using “gun violence” here is to anthropomorphize an abstraction?

Thing is, it’s nobody, simply a generic reference to some thing. But a thing is not a human being.

The boy’s light and potential, his entire earthly existence, was extinguished not by a thing, but by some one.