17-year-old held on $800K bond for role in fatal shooting of Jeremy Rogers at Avondale gas station

By RUMMANA HUSSAIN
Chicago Sun-Times

Jeremy Rogers | Facebook

Jeremy Rogers | Facebook


A west suburban teenager was ordered held on an $800,000 bond Tuesday in connection with the fatal shooting of Jeremy Rogers at an Avondale gas station last month.

William Hill didn’t pull the trigger, but he pointed out 27-year-old Jeremy Rogers to the gunman before Rogers was shot in the head on June 5, Cook County prosecutors said in court.

Rogers, an aspiring rapper who performed as Jay Roc, died more than 10 days later on June 16 at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. An autopsy Friday found he died from a gunshot wound to the head.

The single father of two lived in the 1800 block of South Springfield.
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18-year-old Keon Boyd killed, two other teenagers wounded in shooting in Austin

Keon Boyd was killed and two other teenagers were wounded in a shooting Tuesday morning in the Austin neighborhood.

The group was standing on the sidewalk, one on a bicycle, in the 100 block of North Laporte Avenue about 11:10 a.m. That’s when at least two males emerged from an alley and fired more than a dozen shots, according to Chicago Police and witnesses. The suspects ran northbound after the shooting, police said.

Boyd, 18, was shot in the shoulder, and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:59 a.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in the 200 block of North Leamington Avenue.

A 17-year-old boy was shot in the left shoulder and was also taken to Stroger, police said. A 13-year-old boy was shot in both legs and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital. Both of their conditions were stabilized.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Young mother Africa Bass shot to death on street one day after moving into South Chicago home

Africa S. Bass, a young mother of two, was shot to death early Wednesday, the day after moving into the South Chicago neighborhood.

Chicago Police investigate a fatal shooting early Wednesday in the 8700 block of South Burley. | Network Video Productions

Chicago Police investigate a fatal shooting early Wednesday in the 8700 block of South Burley. | Network Video Productions


Bass, 23, was walking on the sidewalk in the 8700 block of South Burley about 12:05 a.m. when someone nearby in a black SUV fired shots, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Bass, who lived on the same block as the shooting, was shot in the back, and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 12:51 a.m., authorities said.

Bass, who neighbors said had just moved into an apartment in the neighborhood Tuesday, leaves behind a 2-year-old daughter and a boy who turned 5 on the day she was killed.

She was reportedly walking to the store when the gunmen opened fire on someone walking ahead of her.

Police said a possible suspect was in custody early Wednesday, but that person was later released without charges as Area South detectives investigate.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

WEEK IN REVIEW: At least 12 more people killed in Chicago violence as year’s homicide total nears 400

By JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Sun-Times file photo

Sun-Times file photo


The year is just past the halfway point, and if the number of homicides in Chicago continues at the current pace, it will reach a total not seen in 25 years. At least 12 more people were killed in Chicago last week, brining the total to more than 375 for the year.

Unofficially, there have been 378 homicides in the city, according to statistics compiled by the Chicago Sun-Times Wire. If that pace continues, the year’s total could top 700 for the first time since the mid-1990s.

Last week was capped by a weekend in which more than 40 people were shot, five of them fatally.

  • The week’s final homicide was a 19-year-old man shot to death in the Brighton Park neighborhood Sunday afternoon. It happened about 3:30 p.m. in the 3900 block of South Kedzie. Gregory Chacon suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and arm, and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead less than an hour later, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

    An uncooperative witness told investigators a newer-model black vehicle approached Chacon and someone inside fired numerous shots, police said. The vehicle then took off northbound after the shooting.

  • A 20-year-old man was shot to death early Sunday while driving in the West Elsdon neighborhood. About 2:10 a.m., Jesus Martinez Jr. was at the wheel of a vehicle going west on 55th Street when a black car pulled alongside at a stop sign at Kostner Avenue, according to police and the medical examiner’s office.
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North Lawndale hoops standout Jonathan Mills, back home to rehab his ankle, fatally shot on West Side

Jonathan Mills | Sun-Times file photo

Jonathan Mills | Sun-Times file photo

By MICHAEL O’BRIEN and JORDAN OWEN
Chicago Sun-Times

Jonathan Mills, a standout basketball player at North Lawndale and the University of Southern Mississippi, was shot and killed Monday afternoon in North Lawndale.

The 26-year-old was outside a store in the 4100 block of West Roosevelt Road at 1:27 p.m. when someone approached and opened fire, according to Chicago Police. Mills suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

North Lawndale basketball coach Lewis Thorpe was at the scene. “It’s him,” Thorpe said. “I’m looking at the body right now.”

Mills, the father of two daughters, played with Southern Miss in the NCAA Tournament in 2012. After college, he played basketball overseas. He later played for the Chicago Fury of the Midwest Basketball League.
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No bond for man charged with fatal shooting of Larry Lawrence on busy Gold Coast street last month

By SAM CHARLES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Charles Ternior | Chicago Police

Charles Ternior | Chicago Police


An Englewood man charged with the fatal shooting of Larry Lawrence last month in the Gold Coast neighborhood was ordered held without bond Monday.

Charles Ternior, 22, was charged with one count of first-degree murder and one misdemeanor count of obstructing identification in connection with the fatal shooting of the 27-year-old Lawrence on June 29 in the 1100 block of North Clark, according to Chicago Police. Ternior, of the 5600 block of South Green, was ordered held without bond Monday.

Lawrence, of the 6500 block of South King Drive, was shot several times and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:41 p.m. that evening, according to the medical examiner’s office.
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Roberto Ortiz of Cicero dies five days after being shot in Back of the Yards


Roberto Ortiz of west suburban Cicero died Saturday, five days after he was shot in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

Ortiz, 20, was outside about 8:50 p.m. on July 18 in the 4400 block of South Wolcott when a male got out of a black four-door vehicle and shot him in the head, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Ortiz, of the 2600 block of South 60th Court in Cicero, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died at 12:48 a.m. Saturday, according to the medical examiner’s office.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Jesus Martinez Jr. dies hours after being shot in back while driving in West Elsdon

Jesus Martinez Jr. was shot early Sunday while driving in the West Elsdon neighborhood on the Southwest Side, and died about five hours later.

About 2:10 a.m., the 20-year-old Martinez was at the wheel of a vehicle going west on 55th Street when a black car pulled alongside him at a stop sign at Kostner Avenue, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Someone inside the other car pulled out a gun and opened fire, striking him in the back, police said.

Martinez was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 7:23 a.m., authorities said. He lived in the 5700 block of South Kilbourn.

No one was in custody as Area Central detectives investigate.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

NW Indiana man found fatally shot in backyard in Roseland identified as Tabari Freeman of Merrillville

A northwest Indiana man found shot to death Friday in the Roseland neighborhood has been identified as Tabari Freeman.

Officers responding to a call of a person down about 6:15 p.m. found the 20-year-old unresponsive in the backyard of a home in the 10700 block of South Edbrooke, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Freeman had been shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:31 p.m., authorities said. He lived in the 7500 block of Whitcomb Street in Merrillville, Indiana.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

19-year-old Gregory Chacon killed in Brighton Park drive-by

Nineteen-year-old Gregory Chacon was killed in a drive-by shooting in the Brighton Park neighborhood Sunday afternoon.

The shooting happened about 3:30 p.m. in the 3900 block of South Kedzie. An uncooperative witness told investigators that a newer-model black vehicle approached Chacon and someone inside fired numerous shots, Chicago Police said. The vehicle then took off northbound.

Chacon suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and arm, and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:25 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in the 4300 block of South California.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire