Rashon Purnell Nichols shot to death on block where he lived in Back of the Yards

A man shot to death early Wednesday on the block where he lived in the Back of the Yards has been identified as Rashon Purnell, though family members identified him as Rashon Nichols.

The 24-year-old was sitting in a vehicle at 4:13 a.m. in the 5400 block of South Bishop when he was shot in the chest, neck and arm, according to Chicago Police.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:26 a.m., according to Cook County medical examiner’s office.

An autopsy showed that Purnell, who lived on the block where he was shot, died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Aspiring MMA fighter Travis Allen chased down and shot outside his Englewood home

Aspiring MMA fighter Travis Allen was shot to death Wednesday morning outside his home in the South Side Englewood neighborhood.

Travis Allen | Facebook

Travis Allen | Facebook


The 28-year-old Allen was sitting in a vehicle with friends in the 5700 block of South Emerald at 10:54 a.m. when they heard gunshots, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

They got out of the vehicle and started running, but the gunmen chased Allen and shot him multiple times in the torso, police said.

Allen was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:32 a.m., police said.

Mike Davis, who runs the Chicago-based United Combat League, was both trainer and promoter for Allen in his budding Mixed Martial Arts career.
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Man found shot to death in North Lawndale identified as 37-year-old Johnell Johnson

A man was found shot to death Tuesday night in the North Lawndale neighborhood has been identified as 37-year-old Johnell Johnson.

Officers responding about 9:40 p.m. to a call of a person shot in the 3900 block of West 14th Street found Johnson lying on the ground in an alley, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:50 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office. He lived in the 2900 block of West Augusta.

An autopsy found he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Victor Mata found shot to death in yard in Ashburn

Victor Mata was found shot to death Tuesday night in the Ashburn neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

Officers responding to a call of shots fired shortly before 7 p.m. found the 22-year-old lying in a yard in the 7900 block of South Kirkland, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Neighbors had heard gunfire and called authorities.

Mata was shot several times in the chest, and was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:10 p.m., authorities said. He lived in the 4900 block of South Marshfield.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Suspicious’ fire in South Chicago apartment building leaves 3 young girls, man dead; deaths ruled homicides

Shaniyah Staples, left, Madison Watson and Melanie Watson were victims in a suspected arson fire Tuesday. | Facebook

Shaniyah Staples, left, Madison Watson and Melanie Watson were victims in a suspected arson fire Tuesday. | Facebook

By STEFANO ESPOSITO, ASHLEE REZIN, MITCH DUDEK, ANDY GRIMM, JORDAN OWEN and LUKE WILUSZ
Chicago Sun-Times

Jennifer Wainwright had just saved her 2-year-old daughter’s life—dropping the little girl out of her front window and into the waiting arms of her fiancé.

Just minutes later, after Wainwright leaped to safety as flames licked the night sky and roared through her South Side apartment building, someone handed her another child—a baby, dirt-smeared and gasping for breath.

Family members and friends mourn in the 8100 block of South Essex, after a fire in an apartment building killed three children and left three other injured early Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Family members and friends mourn in the 8100 block of South Essex, after a fire in an apartment building killed three children and left three other injured early Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times


“Can someone please take the baby?” a man she didn’t know said to her.

Wainwright gently laid the infant on the sidewalk and placed her lips to the baby’s. But she was too late.

“It was devastating because all I could think about was, what if it had been my daughter?” Wainwright, 29, said later. “No mom should lose their newborn. No mom should lose their kids—period.”

Little Melanie Watson was one of four people—including her two sisters—who died in the early-morning fire.
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Prosecutors: Elderly woman who killed her husband, Booker T. Parrow, had extra ammo in her walker

By RUMMANA HUSSAIN
Chicago Sun-Times

After a 74-year-old South Side woman, who uses a walker, shot her 68-year-old husband Booker T. Parrow, she asked for an ambulance, prosecutors allege.

For herself, not him.

She said she felt sick after shooting someone, prosecutors said.

When police arrested Sharnett Perkins-Parrow in connection with her husband’s shooting, she allegedly told them, “Yeah, that’s my gun. It was my daddy’s.”

Investigators found even more incriminating evidence in a basket attached under the seat of Perkins-Parrow’s walker—two more rounds of .38-caliber ammo, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Guy Lisuzzo said at a bond hearing Wednesday.
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Bernadette Glomski strangled by friend, who took her Link card and left her body covered on couch, prosecutors say

By RUMMANA HUSSAIN
Chicago Sun-Times

John Skyblue Antone | Chicago Police

John Skyblue Antone | Chicago Police


Prosecutors say an Arizona man strangled his friend Bernadette Glomski with two electrical cords in her Logan Square apartment in 2015, then used her Link card hours later.

John Skyblue Antone had left Glomski on the couch with her jacket covering her neck after the April 2015 murder in the 2500 block of West Moffat, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Becky Walters said in court Tuesday.

When her friends came in the next day, they thought the 58-year-old was sleeping and left her there, Walters said.

One of those friends had been with Antone and Glomski in the basement apartment on April 13, 2015.

The next day, one of the friends came back and found Glomski in the same position, Walters said.

This time, the friend went closer and realized Glomski was dead. The friend called 911.
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Christopher Hibbler killed, second man wounded in South Shore shooting

Christopher Hibbler was killed and another man wounded in a South Shore neighborhood shooting Tuesday afternoon.

It happened about 3:20 p.m. in the 7500 block of South Phillips, according to Chicago Police.

Hibbler, 42, of the 8200 block of South Saginaw, was shot repeatedly in the chest, and was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:40 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

A 27-year-old man suffered a graze wound to the back, and was taken to Jackson Park Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, police said.

A prayer vigil for Hibbler will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday at the scene of the shooting.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Tykina Ali fatally shot while riding in vehicle in Little Village

Tykina Ali was shot in a vehicle in the Little Village neighborhood Tuesday evening and died after being brought to a west suburban hospital, police said.

Ali, 20, was brought to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, where she was pronounced dead at 6:09 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. She lived in the 1600 block of West Ogden.

Police said she had been a passenger in a vehicle in the 2600 block of South Kedzie when someone in another vehicle nearby fired shots, striking her in the head, police said.

No one was in custody in connection with the shooting early Wednesday as Area Central detectives investigate. It was not known if she was the intended target.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

WEEK IN REVIEW: At least 18 people killed in violence, including 2-day-old baby, 14-year-old boy

By JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Sun-Times file photo

Sun-Times file photo


At least 18 victims of violence died in Chicago last week, including a newborn who died two days after an emergency delivery necessitated by his mother being shot in the chest by her brother, according to police.

The week’s death toll brings the city’s 2016 homicide total to 460 in less than eight months, according to Sun-Times Wire statistics. Last year fewer than 500 were killed for the entire year.

The newborn baby boy died Tuesday, just two days after being delivered by emergency cesarean section after a man shot the pregnant mother in the chest, according to Chicago Police. William E. Welch, 38, faces first-degree murder charges for the Sunday shooting near his home in the 1600 block of South Springfield.

Police said an argument started about 10:45 a.m. and Welch shot his 35-year-old sister in the chest. She was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition, and her baby was delivered prematurely, police said.

The child, identified as Baby Boy Welch, died at 5:20 a.m. Tuesday of complications of extreme prematurity and emergency cesarean section delivery due to the mother’s gunshot wound, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The death was ruled a homicide. The woman remains hospitalized.

  • The week’s final homicide was a southwest suburban man who was shot to death inside a Gage Park neighborhood home Sunday afternoon. Daniel Delgado was in a hallway of the home in the 5500 block of South Spaulding about 4:30 p.m. when someone walked up and shot him, according to authorities.
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