Sister hopes murder of Darius Gavin helps spur people to come together for peace: ‘This is our existence’

By BLAIR PADDOCK
Homicide Watch Chicago

Darius Gavin | Angie Bowie

Darius Gavin | photo courtesy Angie Bowie


Instead of planning a birthday party for her brother’s 21st birthday, Angie Bowie was looking up spiritual strength ceremonies to honor his memory.

He was going to go back to school—he was about to have his birthday,” Bowie said. “This all happened right in front of my door.”

Four days before his 21st birthday, Darius Gavin was shot to death on July 24 in the Park Manor neighborhood. Another sister was grazed by the bullet.

The pair were standing in the 7100 block of South Rhodes around 10:20 p.m., according to Chicago Police. A silver Nissan Altima pulled up and three males got out, then opened fired.

Gavin suffered a gunshot wound to the head and both siblings were taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Gavin was pronounced dead at 11:06 p.m., while his sister’s condition was stabilized, authorities said.
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Cicero resident Manuel Hernandez killed, second man wounded in drive-by shooting in Gage Park


Manuel J. Hernandez was killed and a second man was wounded in a drive-by shooting early Thursday in the Gage Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

The men, both 30, were inside a vehicle at 1:03 a.m. in the 5100 block of South Albany, according to Chicago Police.

Another vehicle drove up and someone inside fired shots, police said. Both victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Hernandez, a Cicero resident known as “Manny” or “Stoney,” was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:25 a.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The other victim was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.

'Manny' Hernandez | GoFundMe

Manny’ Hernandez | GoFundMe

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses.

May Hernandez, who set up the page, wrote: “Today … we lost the most loving and caring person we all knew. The person who walked in a room with the most biggest smile.

Manny was a loving father, son, brother, cousin, and friend. God had other plans for him and as family, we will do our best to carry on his legacy.”

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

WEEK IN REVIEW: 16 people fatally shot, including 4 in one gang-related rifle attack in Brighton Park

At least 16 people were killed during the week of September 11-17 in Chicago shootings, which included a gang-fueled incident on the Southwest Side that left four people, including a pregnant woman, dead.

Sun-Times file photo by Ashlee Rezin

Sun-Times file photo by Ashlee Rezin


And when it was all over, the city’s homicide total for the year stood at 499, with the 500th to follow shortly when a man who was shot late Sunday died the following day.

The four, a pregnant woman, the father of her child, that man’s brother and a friend, were shot to death Friday evening in a rifle attack the Brighton Park neighborhood. The victims were found in a car about 8:35 p.m. in the 4700 block of South Fairfield, Chicago Police said.

Michelle Adrian Cano, 21; Joel Sandoval, 24; Miguel Sandoval, 27; and Ida Arvizu, 28, were all pronounced dead at the scene, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Friends said the Sandovals were brothers, and Joel Sandoval was the father of Arvizu’s unborn son and 7-year-old daughter.

Chicago Police Sgt. Al Stinites said officers were responding to a call of shots fired when they found the four dead in the vehicle. Patrols in the 9th District were being stepped up Friday night in response to the killings, believed to be the result of an escalating turf war between two local gangs. Police and the local alderman said the killings were just the latest flare-ups in the ongoing gang war in Brighton Park and Back of the Yards.

In other shootings last week:

  • A woman was killed and two people were wounded in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood Sunday evening on the Southwest Side. About 8:20 p.m., they were sitting inside a parked vehicle in the 6000 block of South Richmond when a man got out of a silver vehicle and fired shots, according to police. The woman, identified as 42-year-old Catherine Barnett, was struck in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene. Barnett lived on the same block as the shooting. A 37-year-old man was shot in the chest, and was taken in serious condition to Stroger Hospital, police said. A bullet grazed a third person in the nose, but they refused treatment and were uncooperative with officers, police said.
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Joshua Rayborn, popular hip-hop artist known as Rate YK, shot to death outside his Bridgeport apartment

Joshua Rayborn, a father of two and rising hip-hop star, was shot to death Monday night outside his home in the Bridgeport neighborhood on the South Side.

When he wasn't home with his wife and two kids, Joshua Rayborn performed hip-hop under the name Rate YK. | Facebook

When he wasn’t home with his wife and two kids, Joshua Rayborn performed hip-hop under the name Rate YK. | Facebook


The 28-year-old was standing on the sidewalk in front of his apartment in the 2900 block of South Arch Street at 11:34 p.m., according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Shots were fired and Rayborn was struck in the chest, authorities said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Rayborn is married with two children, and his family was home at the time of the shooting, though no one else was injured. He performed under the moniker Rate YK.

Family members put up a small memorial outside the building on Wednesday.
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Issac Royal Harper, nephew of a Chicago cop, shot to death while sitting on his back porch in Longwood Manor

Issac Royal Harper, the nephew of a Chicago Police officer, was shot to death Tuesday night while standing on the back porch of his family’s home in the Longwood Manor neighborhood on the South Side.

The 21-year-old Harper was sitting on a back porch with his sister at 9:38 p.m. in the 9700 block of South Green, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Someone fired shots, striking him multiple times in the shoulder, leg and hip, police said.

Harper was pronounced dead at the scene less than 30 minutes later, authorities said.

Harper, originally from Champaign, was a graduate of Perspectives Charter School and was taking college courses online while working for Amazon. His aunt is a Chicago Police officer,

Area South detectives were conducting a homicide investigation, but no one was in custody as of Wednesday morning.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

John Bolden killed in Washington Heights drive-by as Chicago hits 500 homicides for the year

By TOM SCHUBA
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

John Bolden was killed late Sunday in a Washington Heights neighborhood drive-by shooting on the Far South Side, marking the city’s 500th homicide of 2017.

The 47-year-old Bolden was sitting in a parked car at 11:22 p.m. on the block where he lived in the 10100 block of South Racine, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Someone in a passing gray van fired shots, striking him multiple times in the side of the body, police said.

Bolden was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died at 12:20 a.m. on Monday, police said.

No one was in custody as Area South detectives investigate, police said.

Bolden’s death was the 500th homicide in the city this year, and the 465th shooting death of 2017, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Last year, the city reached 500 homicides 14 days sooner, Sun-Times data shows. as of this date last year, there had been 534 homicides in 2016.

Prosecutors: Man charged with fatally shooting Maurice King was caught six hours later driving King’s car

By JORDAN OWEN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Anthony Culpepper | Chicago Police

Anthony Culpepper | Chicago Police


The man charged with fatally shooting Maurice King man Saturday morning in the Southwest Side Gage Park neighborhood was caught driving King’s car later the same day, prosecutors said.

Anthony Culpepper, 18, faces one count of first-degree murder for the shooting of the 21-year-old King, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

King was walking to his car at 10:11 a.m. Saturday in the 2500 block of West 58th when Culpepper approached and fired shots at him, authorities said.

King suffered two gunshot wounds to each shoulder, and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about half an hour later, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Culpepper was arrested six hours after the shooting while driving King’s gold Nissan Altima, Assistant State’s Attorney Julia Ramirez said at Culpepper’s bond hearing Monday.

Judge David Navarro ordered Culpepper, a resident of the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, held without bond at the Cook County Jail.

Juan Bahena Jr. shot multiple times and killed in Little Village drive-by

Juan Bahena Jr. was killed Sunday afternoon when he was shot multiple times in a drive-by in the Southwest Side Little Village neighborhood.

The 23-year-old was sitting in a car at 4:32 p.m. in the 2400 block of South Western, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Someone in a passing tan minivan opened fire, striking him multiple times, police said.

Bahena was shot in the neck, thigh and buttocks; and was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital at 5 p.m., authorities said. He lived in the Southwest Side West Elsdon neighborhood.

There was no one in custody as Area Central detectives investigate.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Catherine Barnett killed, two others wounded when gunman opens fire at their vehicle in Chicago Lawn

Catherine Barnett was killed and two other people were wounded in a shooting Sunday evening on the block where she lived in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood.

Another person who lived on the Southwest Side block was also shot to death a few hours earlier on the South Side.

About 8:20 p.m., three people were sitting inside a parked vehicle in the 6000 block of South Richmond, according to Chicago Police.

That’s when a man got out of a silver vehicle nearby and fired shots, police said.

Barnett, 42, was struck in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:35 p.m., police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

A 37-year-old man was shot in the chest, and was taken in serious condition to Stroger Hospital, police said.

A bullet grazed a third person in the nose, but that person refused medical treatment and was “uncooperative with officers,” police said.

Barnett lived on the block where she was shot. Just a few hours earlier, another man who lived on the same block, Jesse A. Bennett, was shot to death several miles away in the South Shore neighborhood.

It was unknown if the shootings were connected.

Jesse Bennett shot to death during fight with another man in South Shore

Jesse A. Bennett was shot to death during a fight early Sunday in the South Shore neighborhood on the South Side.

About 3 a.m., the 41-year-old Bennett was in an argument with another in the 2700 block of East 75th Street, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The other man at some point pulled out a handgun and fired shots, police said.

Bennett was shot in the face and was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. He lived in the Southwest Side Chicago Lawn neighborhood.

No one was in custody as Area South detectives conduct a homicide investigation.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

30-year-old Anthony White shot to death in Austin drive-by

Anthony White was killed early Sunday in a drive-by shooting in the West Side Austin neighborhood.

About 3:05 a.m., the 30-year-old White 30 was in the 500 block of North Leclaire, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

An SUV drove past and someone inside shot him in the chest, police said.

White was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died about 40 minutes later, authorities said. He lived in the Southwest Side Lawndale neighborhood.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with funeral expenses.

White’s cousin, who put up the page, wrote of White: “Anthony was a kindhearted, loving and positive individual who put a smile on everyone’s face. We are all in disbelief that he has left us so soon, leaving behind beautiful daughters, whom he adored.”

Area North detectives are conducting a homicide investigation.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire