Local gridiron, hoops players reeling at loss of Cedric Adkins-Malone, who died 5 days after being shot

By JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Cedric Adkins-Malone "had a beautiful smile; you never saw a frown on his face," Illinois Sabers GM Dana Hutchinson said. | Facebook

Cedric Adkins-Malone “had a beautiful smile; you never saw a frown on his face,” Illinois Sabers GM Dana Hutchinson said. | Facebook

The Illinois Sabers minor league football team opened its 2016 season by celebrating a championship. This season will open on a more somber note: A special ceremony will honor one of its players, Cedric Adkins-Malone, who died five days after being shot outside his Far South Side home.

He was one of our own,” Sabers general manager Dana Hutchinson said Thursday. “We are still in shock. He was a good kid, very respectful. He was a mama’s boy. He was like one of our kids.”

Things won’t be any easier for the boys basketball team at the Community Youth Development Institute. The team played in the semifinals of the Alternative Schools Network’s Final Four Wednesday, just hours after learning of the death of Adkins-Malone, a former player who helped out as an assistant coach.

The boys struggled through, and you could tell their minds were elsewhere,” ASN assistant director Matrice Manuel said.”But they pulled it out somehow and will play for the championship Friday night.”

The 22-year-old Adkins-Malone was working on his car last week in front of his Rosemoor home when he was shot. Five days later, the popular local athlete, who also coached youth basketball, was dead.

He was outside working outside about 2:15 p.m. Friday, March 17, in the 10200 block of South Calumet when someone came out of a gangway across the street and opened fire, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
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Natalia Ramirez was ‘bubbly and full of life,’ a great friend and hard worker whose children ‘were her world’

By ELIZABETH CZAPSKI
Homicide Watch Chicago

When Jessica Sanchez got the call that her two brothers and her close friend, Natalia Ramirez, had been shot, she “instantly broke down.”

Natalia Ramirez/Facebook

Natalia Ramirez/Facebook

“All I kept thinking was, ‘Just please let them all survive,’” Sanchez said.

Sanchez’s brothers survived the shooting. Ramirez, a 27-year-old mother of two boys, did not.

The shooting occurred in the early hours of Jan. 22 in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

About 3:15 a.m., the three victims were inside a vehicle parked in the 3800 block of South St. Louis. Another car pulled up, and a gunman got out and fired at least 16 shots into the vehicle before driving away, according to Chicago Police.

Ramirez was shot in the head, and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she died at 4:02 a.m., police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.
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Aspiring writer/rapper Justin Bowman was a ‘great father’ who told ‘his life and his story through the pen’

By ELIZABETH CZAPSKI
Homicide Watch Chicago

When Alexandria Batie looks at her three-year-old son, she sees his father, Justin T. Bowman. “His son is the spitting image of him,” said Batie, Bowman’s fiancée. Her son also shares Bowman’s childhood love of Spider-Man.

Alexandria Batie and Justin Bowman/Family photo

Alexandria Batie and Justin Bowman/Family photo

Bowman was shot to death on April 24, 2016, in the Logan Square neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

Police were called to a report of gunshots at 6:23 p.m. in the 3600 block of West Schubert, and found the 25-year-old lying on a sidewalk with a gunshot wound to the chest, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Bowman was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 7:07 p.m., authorities said. He lived not far away in the same neighborhood.

Alfredo Ramos was charged with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting Bowman, and is being held in the Cook County Jail without bond. His next court appearance is Feb. 24, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: After three found shot to death in car on Monday, week ends with total of 7 homicides

CrimeScene-LCN-040213-1.jpgA week that started out with three people being found with fatal gunshot wounds in a car parked on the South Side ended with only three more fatal shootings. And the death of a man who had been shot several months earlier brought the week’s death toll from Chicago violence to seven.

The three men were found Monday morning in a car parked illegally in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood. The bodies were found at 7:35 a.m. in an alley in the 8600 block of South Throop, according to Chicago Police. However, police said it was not known how long the bodies had been there.

Vogels T. Anderson Jr., 20, was shot in the head; Ryan Hamilton, 20, was shot in the neck; and Devontae Watson, 18, was shot multiple times, according to the Cook COunty medical examiner’s office.

Anderson and Watson lived in the Southwest Side Ashburn neighborhood, whiled Hamilton lived in south suburban Blue Island. Police said Hamilton had been reported missing the previous evening, and the bodies were found in his vehicle.
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Woman gets 14 years for drunken argument with new husband that led to crash which killed Brent Nelson in 2015

By RUMMANA HUSSAIN and JORDAN OWEN
Chicago Sun-Times

Shikita Woods | Illinois Dept. of Corrections

Shikita Woods | Illinois Dept. of Corrections


A woman who rammed her husband’s car, causing a crash that killed newspaper deliveryman Brent Nelson nearly two years ago on the South Side, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Shikita Woods, 35, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of aggravated DUI in an accident causing death before Judge Diane Cannon, according to Cook County court records. Charges of first-degree murder and reckless homicide were dropped in exchange for the guilty plea.

Woods and her husband got into a drunken fight on the morning of April 12, 2015. Prosecutors said Woods was angry at her husband for moving out of their house after just three days of marriage and possibly fathering another woman’s child.

Her husband jumped into her cousin’s car and Woods followed in her red Pontiac. Woods, who had been drinking vodka for several hours, initially chased her husband and her cousin with her drinking buddy at her side around 3 a.m., prosecutors said.
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Aurora man charged with kidnapping and beating Clarence King, then dumping his body in West Garfield Park

By MATTHEW HENDRICKSON
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Anthony W. Bills | Aurora Police

Anthony W. Bills | Aurora Police


An Aurora man has been charged with murder and kidnapping in connection with the death of 18-year-old Clarence King, whose body was found in the West Garfield Park neighborhood last summer.

Anthony W. Bills, 39, was charged with five counts of first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping and one count of mob action, Aurora police announced Wednesday.

About 8:30 p.m. July 15, 2016, Bills and King were involved in a large fight at an apartment complex in the 600 block of Second Avenue in Aurora, police said. When officers arrived, King and others ran off. A short time later, King was seen by Bills and several other men involved in the fight and was beaten unconscious.

King was placed into the trunk of Bills’ 2002 Lincoln Continental, driven to Chicago, and dumped in the 4500 block of West End Avenue, police said. His body was found the next morning.
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Man charged with murder of 3-year-old son Tayveon Thomas also accused of killing daughter, 4-month-old Janylah Mack

By JORDAN OWEN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Devon Thomas | Cook County Sheriff's Dept.

Devon Thomas | Cook County Sheriff’s Dept.


A Far South Side man has been charged with the murder of his 4-month-old daughter, Janylah Mack, following an attack on his pregnant fiancé and 3-year-old son, Tayveon Thomas, last Halloween that also left the boy dead.

Devon Thomas, 22, appeared in court Tuesday on a first-degree murder charge for the death of Janylah, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. He was previously charged with murder and aggravated battery in November for the attack on his Tayveon and Tayveon’s then-pregnant mother.

Thomas punched Tayveon several times in front of the boy’s mother on Oct. 30, 2016, prosecutors said at his first bond hearing. When the 23-year-old woman tried to stop him, he allegedly choked her until she lost consciousness.

The next day, at the couple’s apartment in the 12000 block of South Green Street, Thomas punched Tayveon several times in the chest and torso, prosecutors said. He went on to stomp on the boy’s legs, arms and body with his boots.
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24-year-old man charged with killing Ishmael Jackson, wounding second man backyard shooting in Englewood

Jamal Donerson | Chicago Police

Jamal Donerson | Chicago Police

A man has been charged with killing Ishmael Jackson and wounding another man in a weekend shooting in the South Side Englewood neighborhood.

Jamal Donerson, 24, faces felony counts of first-degree counts of murder and attempted murder for the Saturday night attack near his home in the 5600 block of South Elizabeth, according to Chicago Police.

About 10:45 p.m., Donerson opened fire on the 23-year-old Jackson and a 27-year-old man in the backyard of a home, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Ishmael Jackson | Facebook

Ishmael Jackson | Facebook


Jackson, a resident of south suburban Robbins, was shot in the back and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died at 11:51 p.m., authorities said.

The other man was shot in the face. His condition was stabilized at Stroger, police said. They were among 18 people shot in Chicago over the weekend.

Donerson was ordered held without bond at a Tuesday hearing, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office. His next court date is April 7.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Chicago Police investigate in the 5600 block of South Elizabeth, where two men were shot Saturday night. | Network Video Productions

Chicago Police investigate in the 5600 block of South Elizabeth, where two men were shot Saturday night. | Network Video Productions

Man shot to death in Roseland identified as 24-year-old Jason ‘Jrock’ Barrett

A man who was shot to death Monday afternoon in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side has been identified as 24-year-old Jason “Jrock” Barrett.

About 4:15 p.m., the 24-year-old Barrett was in the first block of East 113th Place when someone got out of a silver SUV and shot him in the chest, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Barrett, of the South Side Woodlawn neighborhood, was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died at 5 p.m., authorities said.

No one was in custody for the shooting.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Maywood man charged with murder of Garcel Woods, who was found shot to death in Englewood alley

By JORDAN OWEN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Terry Gilford | Maywood Police Dept.

Terry Gilford | Maywood Police Dept.


A Maywood man was charged with the murder of Garcel S. Woods, who was found dead almost two months ago in an alley in the South Side Englewood neighborhood.

Officers were called about 12:45 p.m. Jan. 26 to a report of a person down in the alley in the 6300 block of South Parnell, according to Chicago Police.

Woods, 30, of west suburban Westchester, was found dead, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Police said he suffered puncture wounds to his chest and hand; and it appeared the body had “been there for a considerable amount of time.”
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Ishmael Jackson of Robbins shot to death, second man wounded in backyard of home in Englewood

Ishmael Jackson was killed and another man wounded in an Englewood neighborhood shooting Saturday night on the South Side.

Chicago Police investigate in the 5600 block of South Elizabeth, where two men were shot Saturday night. | Network Video Productions

Chicago Police investigate in the 5600 block of South Elizabeth, where two men were shot Saturday night. | Network Video Productions


The 23-year-old Jackson was standing in the backyard of a home with a 27-year-old man at 10:44 p.m. in the 5600 block of South Elizabeth when another male opened fire, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Jackson was shot in the back and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:51 p.m., authorities said. He lived in south suburban Robbins.

The older man suffered a gunshot wound to the “face area,” and was also taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, police said.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire