Mother of slain teen Demario Bailey tells mourners to ‘love your babies’

BY TINA SFONDELES
Chicago Sun-Times

The mother of slain teen Demario Bailey had a message for the thousands of mourners at his funeral Saturday.

“Today, I ask of you all to live and not die, for my son,” Delores Bailey said. “The way you can do that for me is to just love all your babies. You all want to change the world? Your kids are the world. It starts with them.”

Delores Bailey sat near the front of New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church with her family, including Demario’s twin brother Demacio, dressed in his Johnson College Prep uniform.

Hundreds of Demario’s classmates and friends packed the church. At one point, dozens of the school’s basketball players and cheerleaders put on t-shirts which read “Live And Not Die” and “Get Us Home.”
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Omar Flores fatally shot in Albany Park

Omar Flores has died after being shot in the head Tuesday afternoon in the Albany Park neighborhood.

Flores, 31, was sitting in the passenger’s seat of a car parked in the 4700 block of North Lawndale Avenue when two gunmen walked up and opened fire about 3:10 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said.
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Johnny Coria killed in Little Village shooting

Johnny Coria was fatally shot in the Little Village neighborhood Friday afternoon.

Coria, 19, was walking in the 3000 block of South Kedvale Avenue when a gunman walked up and opened fire about 4:40 p.m. Friday, authorities said.
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Louis Smith charged with murder in 2013 Chatham shooting death of Leroy Griffin

Louis Smith / Photo from Chicago Police
Louis Smith / Photo from Chicago Police

A second man has been charged with murder after authorities said he was part of a group that beat a man then shot him dead in the Chatham neighborhood.

On Dec. 21, 2013, Leroy Griffin was walking with an acquaintance to a gas station near 79th and State streets when a green vehicle stopped nearby, said Assistant State’s Attorney Beth Novy.

Lamont Jackson, 24, Louis Smith, 25, and five others exited the vehicle and approached Griffin and his acquaintance because they believed the pair were members of a rival gang responsible for killing a friend, Novy said.

The group beat Griffin while a gunman chased his acquaintance, who escaped by hiding in a gangway, Novy said.

The gunman then returned to where the group was beating Griffin and shot him once in the head, Novy said.
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Friend: Slain Aaron Starling ‘one of the guys that looked out for me and kept me out of trouble’

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BY KENNY NGUYEN
Homicide Watch Chicago

Aaron Starling tried to promote peace in his Near West Side community through sports, a friend said.

Starling enjoyed teaching neighborhood children a variety of sports, said friend Chris Brandew.

On Nov. 10, Starling was shot multiple times and police officers found him inside an apartment in the 2400 block of West Harrison Street, authorities said.
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Autopsy: Yvonne Agustus, 47, beaten to death in Greater Grand Crossing murder-suicide

Scene where Yvonne Augustus was killed / Photo from NVP
Scene where Yvonne Augustus was killed / Photo from NVP

A man beat a woman to death before hanging himself in a Greater Grand Crossing home Wednesday night.

Yvonne Augustus, 47, and Ezra Walton, 28, were found dead in the home int he 7100 block of South Ingleside Avenue about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said.
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Lamont Jackson charged with murder in 2013 Chatham shooting death of Leroy Griffin

Lamont Jackson / Photo from Chicago Police
Lamont Jackson / Photo from Chicago Police

BY MICHAEL LANSU
Homicide Watch Chicago Editor

Lamont Jackson was ordered held on $1 million bond Thursday after prosecutors claim he was part of a group that beat Leroy Griffin then shot him dead in the Chatham community.

On Dec. 21, 2013, Griffin was walking with an acquaintance to a gas station near 79th and State streets when a green vehicle stopped nearby, said Assistant State’s Attorney Beth Novy.

Jackson and six others exited the vehicle and approached Griffin and his acquaintance because they believed the pair were members of a rival gang responsible for killing a friend, Novy said.
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Drequan Archie killed in South Shore shooting

Drequan Archie was killed in a South Shore shooting that left another man wounded Wednesday afternoon.

The men were in the 2100 block of East 79th Street when two other people approached and one of them opened fire about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, police said.
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Donatello Herrera, 35, fatally shot on Near West Side

BY GEORGE SLEFO
Sun-Times Media

Donatello Herrera was fatally shot early Wednesday after he finished work at a Near West Side fast-food restaurant.

Herrera, 35, was standing on the sidewalk in the 1200 block of South Western Avenue a gunman inside a passing SUV opened fire about 1:15 a.m., authorities said.

Herrera, of the 3200 block of South Wallace Street, was struck in the abdomen area and died at short time later at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, authorities said.
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Matthew Dowdell, 42, shot dead in West Englewood

A 42-year-old man was found shot to death at his West Englewood home Tuesday night.

Police found Matthew Dowdell dead at his home in the 5900 block of South Wolcott Avenue at 8:12 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said.
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