Mom: Two South Chicago teens killed over Facebook dispute

Jordan Means / Family Photo

Jordan Means / Family Photo

BY BECKY SCHLIKERMAN
Chicago Sun-Times

Two Chicago teenagers were shot to death Saturday over a dispute on Facebook, the mother of one of the victims said Saturday night.

Sixteen-year-old Jordan Means and an 18-year-old friend whose name authorities were withholding pending notification of his family were found dead just after 10:30 a.m. Saturday in an apartment in the 8200 block of South Houston Avenue on the South Side, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
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Darren Ray shot dead in East Garfield Park alley

Darren Ray was shot to death in an East Garfield Park alley Saturday morning.

Officers found Ray, 42, shot multiple times in an alley in the 2900 block of West Flournoy Street about 9:30 a.m., authorities said.
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Nicholas Ramirez fatally shot after West Town chase, crash

Nicholas Ramirez was found shot to death inside a crashed vehicle following an early Saturday chase in the West Town community.

Emergency crews found the 19-year-old dead inside the wrecked vehicle in the 1600 block of West Hubbard Street about 2:30 a.m., police said.

Ramirez was involved in a two-vehicle chase south on Ashland Avenue, authorities said. Ramirez’ vehicle eventually struck two other vehicles and crashed into a concrete median.
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Trevolus Pickett shot dead in Austin gangway

Trevolus Pickett was shot to death Friday night in the Austin neighborhood.

The 20-year-old man was standing in a gangway in the 5200 block of West Congress Parkway when someone shot him in the head about 11:15 p.m. Friday, police said.Read more

Slain rapper Big Glo laid to rest; father vows better life for children

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Chief Keef serves as a pallbearer at the funeral for Mario Hess | Brian Jackson

As his son — the South Side rapper Big Glo — lay in an open casket inside Holy Temple Cathedral in Harvey, Richard Holmes stepped outside with a pack of cigarettes in his hand and guilt on his mind.

“You can say I blame myself some,” the 57-year-old father said. “When my kids was coming up, they seen their daddy. Whenever they seen me, they know I was a strong man back then, but I was in a gang. I was in the Stones. He ended up being a Disciple.”

Holmes pointed to the small, sickle-shaped scar on the back of his shaved head — a memento of his failed attempt years ago to get out of gang life, he said.

Rappers in gleaming cars with tinted windows were among the guests who showed up Friday to say farewell to Big Glo, whose real name was Mario Hess. He was gunned down earlier this month on the South Side streets where he grew up — the same streets he believed a big-time record contract would allow him to leave. There have been no arrests in the shooting.
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Shannon Mack remembered as a ‘totally family-oriented team player’

Shannon Mack / Photo from Facebook

Shannon Mack / Photo from Facebook

BY SUSAN DU
Homicide Watch Chicago

Shannon Mack was a father, brother and “favorite uncle” who was a constant mentor to the youths in his family.

Mack, 34, was shot in the head and body about 9:30 p.m. April 11 in the in the 2700 block of East 76th Street in the South Shore community, authorities said. Mack, of the 6800 block of South Crandon Avenue, was dead at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Mack was divorced from the mother of his two sons, ages 11 and 13, but remained a mentor to the young people in his family as well as being a dutiful resource for the elders, said his former sister-in-law Lynette Germany. He was an odd-job man with ready advice and the initiative to support his family any way he could.
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Comment of the Day: “I know [you’re] watching over us”

Bernardo Catalan was fatally shot in March in the Logan Square neighborhood. Reader “JenniBaybe” posted this about him:

Rest In Paradise , God Gained A Angel At A Such Young Age But Only God Knows Why He Wanted You With Him. I Know Your Watching Over Us &’ Smiling At The Mistakes We Make &’ As We Learn From Them . We Miss You So Much . Rest In Paradise & As We’ll Rest Easy . Your Truly Missed . *:

Former teacher remembers Joshua Martinez as serious student

Joshua Martinez / Photo from Twitter

Joshua Martinez / Photo from Twitter

BY SUSAN DU
Homicide Watch Chicago

Joshua Martinez‘ was an “extraordinarily charming” person who became involved in gangs at a young age, a former teacher said.

Martinez, 20, was fatally shot about 1 a.m. Sunday during a fight in the 3000 block of West 53rd Place, authorities said. Prosecutors claim 17-year-old Angel Jara shot Martinez multiple times during a dispute over money.

Martinez’ former teachers at Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy said he had been involved in gangs, what they called “neighborhood extracurricular activities,” at a young age.
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Comment of the Day: “[T]he saddest part about this is that 5 more black children are left fatherless”

Mario Hess, who rapped under the names Blood Money and Big Glo, was fatally shot this month in West Englewood. Reader “muaaaah” posted this about the killing:

[T]he saddest part about this is that 5 more black children are left fatherless in Chicago and with the male influences that they have in their life they will probably end up the same way as their dad.

Wallace Faust charged with reckless homicide in crash that killed passenger Darius Dudley

Wallace Faust / Photo from Chicago Police
Wallace Faust / Photo from Chicago Police

BY SUSAN DU
Homicide Watch Chicago

Charges have been upgraded against Wallace Faust for allegedly smoking marijuana prior to a crash that killed his passenger last December on the South Side.

Faust, 18, of the 7600 block of South Greenwood Avenue, was charged days after the crash with one misdemeanor count of DUI. He was charged Monday with aggravated DUI and reckless homicide, authorities said.

On Tuesday, Faust appeared before Judge Adam Bourgeous Jr. to face the new charges. Bourgeous released Faust on a $350,000 individual recognizance bond and ordered him placed on electronic monitoring.

About 11:20 p.m. Dec. 28, 2013, witnesses saw Faust and his cousin driving separate cars at a high rate of speed on South Chicago Avenue, Assistant State’s Attorney Rina Infelise said.
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