Still-grieving mother: Marcus Wallace ‘no angel,’ but a great son and father, a ‘respectable young man’

By TIFFANY MITCHELL
Homicide Watch Chicago

Marcus Wallace and his mother, Charlotte Wallace | photo provided

Marcus Wallace and his mother, Charlotte Wallace | photo provided


Marcus Wallace may not have have been an angel, but when he was fatally shot three years ago in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, it turned the world upside-down for those who knew him best—his mother and his young son.

“His friends say he was in a gang, but I never knew if it was true,” Charlotte Wallace said of her 23-year-old son. “I know he was no angel, but he was starting to change his life around by distancing himself from the bad crowd.”

His mother knew his other side.

“My son was a sweet and respectable young man who was working on improving himself,” she said.

Wallace has been severely depressed since her son’s death.
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Damien Cionzynski of Harwood Heights fatally shot during fight in Portage Park

Damien Cionzynski of northwest suburban Harwood Heights was shot to death in the Portage Park neighborhood Saturday morning.

Cionzynski, 23, was inside a business about 5:15 a.m. in the 6300 block of West Montrose when two men walked in. The three men argued, and one of them took out a gun and shot Cionzynski, Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

He was hit in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. He lived in the 4400 block of North Nashville Avenue in Harwood Heights.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Garvin Whitmore shot to death while sitting in car in Fuller Park

Garvin Whitmore was shot to death Saturday evening in the Fuller Park neighborhood on the South Side.

Whitmore, 27, was sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle with a woman about 5:20 p.m. in the 200 block of West Root. Someone then walked up to the vehicle and shot him in the head, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The woman who had been sitting in the vehicle got out and returned fire as the shooter ran away, police said. No one else was injured.

Whitmore, of the 5800 block of West 63rd Place, was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:29 p.m., the medical examiner’s office said.

As of Sunday morning, charges were pending against the woman because she fired shots, but no one was in custody for the homicide, police said.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Kevin Larry found fatally shot in Washington Park

Kevin Larry was shot to death Friday morning in the Washington Park neighborhood on the South Side.

The 22-year-old was found unresponsive near 56th and Wabash about 7:30 a.m., according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Larry lived in the 6100 block of South Cottage Grove, authorities said.

Area Central detectives have launched a homicide investigation.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Mark Lindsey fatally shot while sitting in a car in Ashburn

Mark Lindsey was fatally shot late Friday in the Ashburn neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

Police said a man was shot to death int he Ashburn neighborhood on the Southwest Side late Friday. | NVP News

Police said a man was shot to death int he Ashburn neighborhood on the Southwest Side late Friday. | NVP News


Just before 11 p.m., the 25-year-old was sitting in a vehicle parked in the 3700 block of West 75th Place when a gunman walked up and opened fire, according to Chicago Police.

Lindsey, shot repeatedly across the chest and body, tried to drive away, but crashed into another vehicle on the block, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 11:34 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

15-year-old Veronica Lopez killed, man wounded when gunfire erupts on Lake Shore Drive in Lincoln Park

Fifteen-year-old Veronicca Lopez was killed and a man was wounded in a shooting on a busy stretch of Lake Shore Drive in the Lincoln Park neighborhood early Saturday.

A 15-year-old girl and man were shot as they were on Lake Shore Drive near Fullerton early Saturday. The girl died of her injuries, police said. | Sam Charles/Sun-Times

A 15-year-old girl and man were shot as they were on Lake Shore Drive near Fullerton early Saturday. The girl died of her injuries, police said. | Sam Charles/Sun-Times


The girl was a passenger in an SUV being driven by a 28-year-old man in the 2400 block of North Lake Shore Drive just before 1:30 a.m. That’s when a black Nissan pulled alongside and someone inside opened fire, Chicago Police said.

They took themselves to Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, but the girl was later transferred to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 2:59 a.m., authorities said. She lived in the 5100 block of West Fullerton.

The man was shot in the arm and suffered a graze wound to the head, police said. His condition had stabilized.

Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Lopez does not appear to be the intended target of the shooting.

The two people in the car with her during the shooting were documented gang members, and investigators believe the shooting was either gang- or road rage-related.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Man charged with fatal beating of Kimberly Schnackenberg in Back of the Yards alley

By RUMMANA HUSSAIN
Chicago Sun-Times

Eddie Howlett | Chicago Police

Eddie Howlett | Chicago Police


A South Side man was ordered held on $1 million bond Friday for the murder of Kimberly Schnackenberg, who was found beaten to death in a Back of the Yards alley last month.

Eddie Howlett, 24, was captured on surveillance camera walking with the 42-year-old Schnackenberg and punching her, before she was severely beaten by others, including a man wielding a baseball bat, Cook County prosecutors said.

But defense attorney John Miraglia told Judge James Brown the video from April 21 was “sketchy” and that Schnackenberg’s roommate, who identified Howlett as the man last seen with her, is far from credible.
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Gerald Sias killed, second man wounded in shooting inside Powell’s Barber Shop in Englewood

By ANDY GRIMM and ASHLEE REZIN
Chicago Sun-Times

Violence erupted inside Powell's Barbershop, an institution in Englewood. l;eaving one man dead and another injured Thursday afternoon. | Andy Grimm/For Sun-Times

Violence erupted inside Powell’s Barbershop, an institution in Englewood. l;eaving one man dead and another injured Thursday afternoon. | Andy Grimm/For Sun-Times


Gerald Sias was killed and another man wounded in a shooting at Powell’s Barber Shop, a staple in the Englewood neighborhood, on Thursday afternoon.

The men were inside the shop in the 1100 block of West 63rd Street at 3:11 p.m. when a male suspect outside fired shots into the establishment, according to Chicago Police.

The 38-year-old Sias suffered a gunshot wound to the arm and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:15 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

A relative said Sias, of the Gerald Sias, of the 7200 block of South Carpenter, was the father of five children, several of whom he brought to Powell’s regularly for trims.
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18-year-old Trevonne Austin shot to death in alley in Washington Park

Eighteen-year-old Trevonne Austin was shot to death in the Washington Park neighborhood on the Tuesday night.

Austin was in an alley in the 5700 block of South Calumet about 8:10 p.m. when someone walked up and shot him, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

A resident of the 7900 block of South Aberdeen, Austin was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9 p.m. from a gunshot wound to the trunk, according to the medical examiner’s office. His death was ruled a homicide.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Man fatally shot Saturday evening in Englewood identified as David Easley of Evergreen Park

David Lee Easley was shot to death Saturday night in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.

Easley, 26, was walking in the 7000 block of South Carpenter about 7:40 p.m. when two gunmen walked out of a gangway and opened fire, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Easley, of the 14700 block of Beachview Terrace in southwest suburban Evergreen Park, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died at 8:04 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

An autopsy found he died of a gunshot wound to the back, and his death was ruled a homicide.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire