Girlfriend: Genorel Martin enjoyed reading, writing

Genorel Martin / Photo from Facebook

Genorel Martin / Photo from Facebook

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Genorel Martin believed in seizing the moment — so much so that he had the phrase “Carpe diem” tattooed on his back.

“He always saw the upside and he really was always optimistic,” said his girlfriend, Vyvyan Wesley. “He was always ready for new adventures and new challenges. ”

Martin, 24, was fatally shot Oct. 18 as he opened the door to his apartment building in the 6700 block of South Throop Street in Englewood, authorities said.
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Comment of the Day: “He was always respectful … and a likable young man”

Ladarius Edwards, 23, was fatally shot in the Ashburn neighborhood early Saturday. Reader “Ms. Luella” posted this about him:

Ladarius was a young man I have known for @ 7 years. He was always respectful in my present and a likable young man. My condolences to his family and friends. RIP..

Reginald Duckworth sentenced to prison for fatally stabbing Willie Wilson at South Shore party

Reginald Duckworth / Photo from Chicago Police

Reginald Duckworth / Photo from Chicago Police

Sun-Times Media

A Maywood man was sentenced to nearly two decades in prison Friday after he pleaded guilty to stabbing his cousin to death after a South Shore birthday party.

Reginald Duckworth, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder and Judge Clayton Crane sentenced him to 19 years in prison, according to court records.

Duckworth was part of a group of people that attended a birthday party at his cousin Willie Wilson’s home in the 2500 block of East 73rd Place on Jan. 26, 2013, prosecutors said.

After the party, Duckworth asked a woman for money multiple times. Wilson, 32, told Duckworth to stop and the two got into an argument in the basement, prosecutors said.
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Comment of the Day: “I know he [wishes] he can turn back time … and never had a gun in his hand”

David Kennedy, 24, was killed Friday night when Paris Walker-Rush accidentally shot him inside a Hyde Park apartment, prosecutors said. Reader “Omar” posted this about the killing:

Feel bad for the victim. My condolences to the families. I know he wish he can turn back time, and avoided this incident, and never had a gun in his hand. Hope they didn’t have any bad intentions on using that gun.

WEEK IN REVIEW: Eight shot dead throughout Chicago

Homicide Watch Chicago Editor

Eight people were fatally shot throughout Chicago last week.

Three of the murders happened over the weekend, when 11 other people were wounded by gunfire.

The most recent killing happened when 23-year-old Ladarius Edwards was shot on a sidewalk in the 8000 block of South Fairfield Avenue about 2:50 a.m. Saturday, authorities said.
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Ladarius Edwards killed in Ashburn shooting

Ladarius Edwards was killed in an Ashburn neighborhood shooting that left another man wounded early Saturday.

Edwards, 23, was standing with the other man on a sidewalk in the 8000 block of South Fairfield Avenue when a gunman exited a nearby gangway and opened fire about 2:50 a.m., authorities said.
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Jeffrey Daniels fatally shot in Austin community

Jeffrey Daniels was fatally shot in the Austin neighborhood Friday night.

Police found Daniels, shot in the head inside a vehicle in the 200 block of North Mason Avenue about 11:30 p.m. Friday, authorities said.
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Paris Walker-Rush charged in Hyde Park shooting death of David Kennedy

Paris Walker-Rush / Photo from Chicago Police
Paris Walker-Rush / Photo from Chicago Police

Sun-Times Media

Paris D. Walker-Rush has been charged with accidentally shooting David Kennedy to death in a Hyde Park apartment Friday night, authorities said.

Emergency personnel found Kennedy shot in the head in the 5200 block of South Cornell Avenue about 9 p.m. Friday, authorities said.
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Family: Slain teen Michael Bloodson enjoyed arts, technology

Homicide Watch Chicago

Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy student Michael Faheem Bloodson recently developed a passion for glassblowing.

Bloodson, 17, was shot in head in the 3900 block of South Prairie Avenue in the Bronzeville neighborhood about 3 p.m. Sept. 13, authorities said. He died at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County less than an hour later.

“It hurts so much because he had his whole future ahead of him,” said his grandmother, Debra Bloodson. “So many things we could have done. I looked forward to my grandson being something very special, because whatever he did, he would do it very well.”

At Bloodson’s funeral, one of his teachers brought his grandmother the glasswork he made for her in class.
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Juan Ramos pleads guilty to helping hide the body of stabbing victim Burnadine Kinsey

Burnadine Kinsey

Burnadine Kinsey

Sun-Times Media

A man was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison Tuesday after he admitted to helping his friend hide the body of 49-year-old Burnadine Kinsey in a West Side apartment in 2013.

Juan Ramos, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of concealing a homicidal death and Judge Thomas Gainer Jr. sentenced him to 42 months in prison, according to court records.

Authorities said Benjamin Esquivel had sex with Kinsey then stabbed her to death after a fight, wrapped her in a sheet and hid her in his closet in the 4400 block of West Wilcox Street in August 2013.
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