Evanstown was a very good basketball team; they played Simeon the year before and lost in the state championship and were looking to beat Simeon. The team was devastated, of course, they lost a close friend and a teammate. Nobody honestly knew what to say. But that night, Simeon played in Wilson’s honor. Even without their all-around player and leading scorer, they stomped Evanstown 71-50. The next few games an estimated 8,000 people came to watch Simeon play; a number significantly greater than any other regular games. Soon after his death, Moore and Dixon were caught for the murder of Benjamin Wilson, and when they went to court it took less than two hours for the jurors to declare them guilty. Moore was sentenced for forty years, but only served nineteen of those years and was released on early parole. (Tragic Story of ‘Benji’).
When Benji died, he was only seventeen years old, the same age of his killer, Billy Moore (Tragic Story of ‘Benji’, Basketball Stars Slaying). Benjamin Wilson was buried near Harold Washington, the first African American Mayor of Chicago. Inscribed on his tombstone reads “Best in the Nation”. After Ben’s death, many local gangs agreed on a cease fire because even they, like everybody, were scared (“Ben “Benji” Wilson”) They had every right to be, if an innocent young man like Wilson was murdered in cold