Prosecutor: Senator’s nephews killed for not intervening when gang member beaten, stripped


By RUMMANA HUSSAIN
Chicago Sun-Times

Deonte Logan | Chicago Police

Deonte Logan | Chicago Police

Two nephews of an Illinois state senator were killed by a gangbanger friend upset at them for not intervening when he was beaten up and stripped of his clothing at a July Fourth block party on the South Side, Cook County prosecutors said Friday.

When 19-year-old Deonte Logan lashed out at Willie Hunter and John Hunter—also gang members—they tried to make it up to him by looking for his clothes, Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Santini said.

The victims were nephews of State Sen. Mattie Hunter.

They only found a shoe, but the Missouri-based brothers and another pal drove to the 8800 block of South Bishop to give the footwear back to Logan.
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Lawsuit blames lax gas station security for 2013 shooting death of Lakeisha Tate

By REEMA AMIN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Lakeisha Tate

Lakeisha Tate

A lawsuit filed Thursday claims a Citgo gas station is to blame for the 2013 shooting death of a Lakeisha Tate, which prosecutors said stemmed from a Facebook fight.

Myree Tate filed the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against the gas station on the corner of Harrison and Homan. Tates’ relationship to Lakeisha Tate wasn’t known.

On Aug. 26, 2013, Lakeisha Tate was walking out of the gas station in the 3300 block of West Harrison when she was confronted by 30-year-old Khalila Southall, prosecutors said at Southall’s bond hearing in September 2013.

The two started fighting on the ground at the entry to the station store when Southall pulled a gun and shot Tate in the leg and torso, prosecutors said. Tate later died at Stroger Hospital.
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Wife of Loop CEO Steven LaVoie, who was fatally shot in his office, sues killer’s estate

By REEMA AMIN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Jody LaVoie, wife of Steven LaVoie, filed a lawsuit Thursday against the estate of the man who shot her husband in his Loop office before taking his own life. | Sun-Times file photo

Jody LaVoie, wife of Steven LaVoie, filed a lawsuit Thursday against the estate of the man who shot her husband in his Loop office before taking his own life. | Sun-Times file photo

The wife of Loop CEO Steve LaVoie, who died last year after he was shot by a demoted executive—who then turned the gun on himself—filed a lawsuit Thursday against the shooter’s estate.

Jody LaVoie, wife of the 55-year-old Steven LaVoie, filed the wrongful death lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against Pamela Balmes, administrator of the estate of Anthony DeFrances.

The shooting happened the morning of July 31, 2014 at the 17th floor ArrowStream office inside the Bank of America Building, 231 S. LaSalle St. Police said DeFrances had been demoted as chief technology officer six days earlier at Arrowstream, where Steven LaVoie, of LaGrange, was the CEO.

The men were in a meeting in Steven LaVoie’s 17th Floor office when co-workers outside heard shouts and three or four gunshots. Authorities said DeFrances, 60, shot Steven LaVoie in the stomach and head before turning the gun on himself.
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Police claim murder exoneree Alprentiss Nash was killed while trying to rob a man on Near West Side


By MITCHELL ARMENTROUT
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Alprentiss Nash | llinois Department of Corrections

Alprentiss Nash | llinois Department of Corrections

Chicago Police claim Alprentiss Nash, exonerated of a murder charge in 2012 after serving 17 years in prison, was fatally shot by someone he was trying to rob Tuesday afternoon on the Near West Side.

Nash, 40, was shot in the chest in the 400 block of South Paulina at 2:20 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Nash tried to rob 30-year-old Mount Prospect resident Paul Vukadinovic, “with whom he had a long drug history,” according to a police statement released Thursday.

Both men were armed and they exchanged gunfire. Nash, of the 100 block of North LaPorte Avenue, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.
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Marsean Lofton dies six weeks after being shot in West Garfield Park

Marsean Lofton died earlier this month of wounds he suffered when he was shot while driving in the West Garfield Park neighborhood in May.

About 5:25 a.m. on May 31, the 18-year-old Lofton was driving westbound in the 3900 block of West Congress when a light-colored car pulled up and someone inside fired shots, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Lofton was shot in the right shoulder and left forearm, and another person in the car drove him to Mount Sinai Hospital, police said at the time.

Lofton died at 7:13 a.m. July 17 at Weiss Memorial Hospital. He had lived in the 2500 block of West Montrose, authorities said.

Police did not have an update on the investigation Thursday night.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Cleared of murder after 17 years in prison, Alprentiss Nash fatally shot on Near West Side

By JORDAN OWEN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Alprentiss Nash | llinois Department of Corrections

Alprentiss Nash | llinois Department of Corrections

Alprentiss Nash, who was exonerated of a murder charge in 2012 after serving 17 years in prison, was fatally shot Tuesday afternoon on the Near West Side.

Nash, 40, was shot in the chest in the 400 block of South Paulina at 2:20 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Nash was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.

Police said a person of interest was being questioned.

Nash was convicted of the murder and robbery of a Chicago man on the South Side in 1995, the Sun-Times previously reported. He was incarcerated from April 30, 1995, to Aug. 30, 2012, when Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez vacated his conviction.
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Man charged with shooting 7-year-old Amari Brown to appear in court Wednesday

By JORDAN OWEN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Rasheed Martin | Douglas County sheriff's office

Rasheed Martin | Douglas County sheriff’s office

The man charged with fatally shooting 7-year-old Amari Brown over the July 4th weekend has been extradited to Chicago and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

Rasheed Martin, 20, was arrested at the Bartley Manor Complex at 3900 Tower Ave. in Superior, Wis., on July 22, according to a statement from the Douglas County sheriff’s office. Sheriff’s police and the U.S. Marshal Service made the arrest.

Superior is located just over the state line from Duluth, Minn., about 460 miles from Chicago.
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18-year-old Mujahadeen Muhammad fatally shot in South Chicago

A man shot and killed Sunday morning in the South Chicago neighborhood has been identified as 18-year-old Mujahadeen Muhammad.

Muhammad was found unresponsive on the sidewalk in the 8100 block of South Manistee at 9:13 a.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Muhammad, of the 1900 block of East 93rd Street, was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead an hour later, according to the medical examiner’s office.

An autopsy found he died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Autopsy shows Latoya Jackson was strangled in her Chatham home; positive ID on one of 3 kids

By JORDAN OWEN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Latoya Jackson

Latoya Jackson


Latoya Jackson, who was found dead in her Chatham home along with three children 10 days ago on the South Side was strangled, according to autopsy results announced Tuesday.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office found that Jackson, 28, died from ligature strangulation and her death has been ruled a homicide, according to a spokesman.

Relatives told the Sun-Times the other three bodies were her three sons: Andrew, 11; Cameron, 9; and Kantrell, 5. The medical examiner’s office has positively identified only one of Kantrell Williams, but his cause of death remains unknown pending further investigation.

The ME’s office continues to work with family to confirm identification of the children.” spokesman Frank Shuftan said.
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21-year-old Corey Wallace stabbed to death near his home in Ashburn

Corey Wallace man was stabbed to death in the Southwest Side Ashburn neighborhood Monday night.

The 21-year-old was stabbed in the chest at 7:20 p.m. near his home in the 7700 block of South Kedzie, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 7:54 p.m.

Police were questioning a person of interest, an adult male, in connection with the incident, but that person was released without charges on Wednesday, according to a police spokesman.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire