Mother just looking for justice for Tykina Ali, the girl who loved to laugh and made sure others laughed with her

Tykina Ali / Family photo

Tykina Ali / Family photo

Homicide Watch Chicago

Tykina Ali loved to laugh, family members recall.

And her mother, Tykia Watts, said the 20-year-old was persistent at getting others to laugh with her.

“If you was down, she would bring you up,” Watts said. “If you would see her down, then you’d know something was really wrong.”

Ali, of the 1600 block of West Ogden, was shot in the head Aug. 23 while riding in a vehicle in the 2600 block of South Kedzie, Chicago Police said.

She later died after being brought to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Police said she had been a passenger in a vehicle when someone in another vehicle nearby fired shots.

On the day of Ali’s death, more than 200 people gathered with balloons, candles and posters for a memorial outside her elementary school, John Hay Community Academy, her mother said.

Even more people attended her funeral on Sept. 3.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: 18 killed in Chicago, including popular retired insurance broker and undefeated young boxer

At least 18 people were killed in violence in Chicago last week, including an elderly west suburban businessman who often returned to his West Side neighborhood, where he advocated against violence and spent time trying to improve the relationship between the community and the police.

Sun-Times file photo

Sun-Times file photo

It remains unclear whether Ronald L. Allen was the intended target of the shooting that took his life as he drove home from a card game with friends early Friday in North Austin. About 2:20 a.m., someone opened fire on his vehicle in the in the 1300 block of North Laramie, striking him in the side, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. His vehicle crashed into two parked cars, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Allen, who grew up in the Austin, was one of the first black owners of an insurance agency backed by a major national company, Allstate, before retiring about seven years ago. He was also an activist whose goal was to help repair the relationship between police and communities with the group Urban Partnership. The Naperville resident, a graduate of Chicago State University, also hosted “The Financial Forum” on WVON-AM, and served as a precinct committeeman in Naperville Township and was active in the DuPage County NAACP.

Family members said it was not unusual for Allen to be playing cards in his old neighborhood. He was a big fan of the game Bid Whist, and even wrote a book, “The Evolution of Bid Whist,” on the history and strategy of the game. Allen was 73.

  • Also shot to death in the city last week was a 25-year-old man with a 20-0 record as professional boxer. His co-manager said Ed “Bad Boy” Brown “was going to be a world champion.” Instead, the Garfield Park native, who wore a Chicago flag uniform when he fought, was gunned down early Saturday., just half a mile from his home, according to police and co-manager, Mike Cericola.
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Carlos Williams, now 36, dies almost five years to the day after he was shot in the head in South Shore

In November 2011, someone in a passing vehicle shot 31-year-old Carlos Williams in the head as he walked along the 2500 block of East 75th Street in the South Shore neighborhood. Five years later, he died from that injury.

A Williams died last month, almost five years to the day after he was shot, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Williams was outside about 8:30 p.m. Nov. 18, 2011, in the 2500 block of East 75th Street when he was shot, according to Chicago Police and the medical examiner’s office. He was shot in the head and was initially taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious condition, police said at the time.

Williams, 36, was pronounced dead at 3:57 p.m. Nov. 19 at the long-term rehabilitation center in west suburban Elmwood Park where he’d been living, authorities said. An autopsy found he died of complications from the gunshot wound and ruled his death a homicide.

Police could not immediately provide an update on the investigation Tuesday night.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

17-year-old Elijah Jones killed, 21-year-old woman injured in Humboldt Park shooting

Seventeen-year-old Elijah Jones was killed and a woman was wounded in a shooting Tuesday afternoon in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side.

They were outside about noon in the 1000 block of North Harding when a gunman walked up and opened fire, hitting the woman in the leg and the boy in the chest, according to Chicago Police.

Jones was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died at 12:30 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in the 2900 block of South Dearborn.

The 21-year-old woman was taken in good condition to Norwegian American Hospital, police said.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Man fatally shot in Austin identified as 37-year-old Lafayette Montgomery

A man who was fatally shot Monday afternoon in the West Side Austin neighborhood has been identified as 37-year-old Lafayette Montgomery.

Montgomery was inside a vehicle in the 1700 block of North Long about 2 p.m. when someone in a beige vehicle fired multiple shots, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He got out of his vehicle, and was struck in the head and left arm.

Montgomery, of the 4800 block of West Potomac, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died about three hours later at 5:14 p.m., authorities said.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

52-year-old Sylvester Rainge shot to death just a block away from his North Lawndale home

Sylvester Rainge was fatally shot Tuesday afternoon about a block away from his home in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

About 4:30 p.m., someone walked up to 52-year-old Rainge in the 1300 block of South Komensky and opened fire, hitting him repeatedly, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Rainge, who lived in the 1400 block of South Karlov, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died at 5:13 p.m., authorities said.

Area Central detectives have opened a homicide investigation.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Antron Young of Naperville killed, 2 wounded when gunmen enter Parkway Gardens restaurant and start shooting

Antron T. Young was killed and two people were wounded in a shooting inside a restaurant early Sunday in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood on the South Side.

They were among the customers in Sammy’s Grill and Restaurant in the 6300 block of South King Drive at 3:07 a.m. when two people entered and started shooting, according to Chicago Police. The gunmen ran out after the shooting.

Young, 23, was shot in the face, and was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:15 a.m., police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. Known to friends as “Big A,” he lived in west suburban Naperville.

Two other men were wounded in the shooting and took themselves to St. Bernard Hospital, police said. The men, ages 22 and 24, were each shot once in the lower body and their conditions were stabilized.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Christopher Brandon-Lucket dies about six hours after being shot in a Lawndale basement

A 16-year-old boy who died hours after being shot Friday evening inside a Lawndale neighborhood apartment building on the West Side has been identified as Christopher S. Brandon-Lucket.

About 6:15 p.m., the teen was with two other people in the basement of the building in the 1500 block of South Kedzie. That’s when he was shot once in the face, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Brandon-Lucket was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died at 2:19 a.m. Saturday, authorities said. He lived in the 1800 block of South Fairfield.

Police said no one was in custody for the shooting as of early Tuesday.

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

The page said of the boy: “Handsome… bright… talented… best friend… just a few words used to describe a young man so undeniably loved by many. Chris had a future as bright as his smile ahead of him …”

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

19-year-old Carl Jones dies one day after being shot multiple times near his home in Marquette Park

Carl A. Jones, a 19-year-old college student, died one day after he was shot repeatedly Thursday afternoon in the Marquette Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

Jones was standing outside at 2:09 p.m. in the 6300 block of South Kedzie when someone walked up, fired several shots, then ran away, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Jones was shot in the head, chest, and shoulder, and was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, authorities said.

Jones, who lived on the same block where he was shot, died at Christ at 6:15 p.m. Friday, authorities said.

He was a student at the Kennedy-King College Transfer Station.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

45-year-old Darren Smith found shot to death inside his home in Chatham

Darren Smith was shot to death Sunday night in the his home in the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side.

About 11:45 p.m., officers arrived in the 8100 block of South Ellis and found the 45-year-old Smith unresponsive inside a home, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He had suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Police did not have additional information about the shooting, but Area South detective are conducting a homicide investigation.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire