Devastated mother looks for answers, has ‘zero percent confidence’ in CPD finding killer of Courtney Copeland

Courtney Copeland, 22, is described as "the glue that kept everyone together." He was a rising entrepreneur with big dreams and a bigger heart. He was shot March 4, and his mother Shapearl Wells is working endlessly to find his killer. | Photo Provided

Courtney Copeland, 22, is described as “the glue that kept everyone together.” He was a rising entrepreneur with big dreams and a bigger heart. He was shot March 4 and his mother Shapearl Wells is working endlessly to find his killer. | Photo Provided

By BRITTANY REYES
Homicide Watch Chicago

A knock on the door on the morning on March 4 surprised Shapearl Wells, and when Chicago Police officers told her to call Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center about her son, Courtney Copeland, she knew something was wrong.

My heart immediately dropped because police don’t just come to your door asking you to call the hospital unless it’s something serious,” Wells said. “When we called the hospital, they said they couldn’t give us any information over the phone, and I completely lost it because I knew it had to be bad.”

When the family arrived at the hospital, they were immediately brought to the family room and Wells said at that point, she knew her son was gone. They sat for 30 minutes awaiting news, and after the doctor came in to confirm Copeland’s passing, the family was told the cause of death: another senseless shooting.
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Daisy Gutierrez gets 16 years for her role in murder and dismemberment of Jose Reyes in 2013

By JORDAN OWEN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Daisy Gutierrez | Cook County Sheriff's Dept.

Daisy Gutierrez | Cook County Sheriff’s Dept.


A woman who was charged, along with her boyfriend and father, in connection with the murder and dismemberment of Jose Reyes at her Southwest Side home in 2013, was sentenced to 16 years in prison Thursday.

Daisy Gutierrez, 21, pleaded guilty to dismembering a body before Judge William Hooks, according to Cook County court records.

Prosecutors alleged a love triangle was at the center of the grisly murder at the home in the Ashburn neighborhood.

Gutierrez told her family to leave their home in the 8300 block of South Scottsdale Avenue on May 21, 2013, and lured her former boyfriend’s brother, Reyes, to her room, prosecutors said. She began to undress while her current boyfriend, 24-year-old Milton Miranda, lay in wait.

Reyes, 28, had expressed interest in Gutierrez, so as she began undressing, Miranda kicked in the door and attacked Reyes with a pipe and knife, prosecutors said. He slit Reyes’ throat in front of Gutierrez and decapitated him.
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Second alleged gang member charged with fatal shooting of 7-year-old Amari Brown last July 4 in Humboldt Park

By RUMMANA HUSSAIN
Chicago Sun-Times

Jamal Joiner | Chicago Police

Jamal Joiner | Chicago Police


A purported gang member already awaiting trial for another murder has been charged in the deadly shooting that claimed the life of 7-year-old Amari Brown last July 4th weekend.

Amari was killed after watching fireworks with his father on the sidewalk shortly before midnight in Humboldt Park in the 1100 block of North Harding.

Jamal Joiner told someone that he and Rasheed Martin–-members of the Black Flag faction of the Four Corner Hustlers–-were aiming at a rival when a bullet pierced Amari’s chest, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Jamie Santini told Judge Peggy Chiampas on Thursday.

The gang members had been feuding for several months, and had had shootouts earlier that day, as well as on April 17, 2015, and May 23, 2015, Santini said.

Joiner is currently being held without bond in Cook County Jail for a murder charge stemming from the April 17, 2015 incident.
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Man gets 25 years for death of accomplice Deonta Mackey as they tried to rob off-duty sheriff’s deputy

By RUMMANA HUSSAIN
Chicago Sun-Times

Devante Graham | Cook County sheriff's office

Devante Graham | Cook County sheriff’s office


A Pullman man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Tuesday after admitting he robbed an off-duty Cook County sheriff’s sergeant, who ended up shooting one of his accomplices, Deonta Mackey, during the crime.

Devante Graham, 20, was originally charged with murder based on the theory of accountability for the February 2014 incident outside a Citgo gas station in the 700 block of East 103rd Street.

That charge and others were dropped after Graham pleaded guilty to armed robbery before Judge James Linn on Tuesday, according to court records.

Emmanuel Johnson, now 17, was also charged with the murder of Mackey. He is still awaiting trial.
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Second man killed in West Englewood shooting that claimed life of Davin Hamb identified as Davon Barrett

By ASHLEE REZIN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Chicago Police investigate in the 2000 block of West 68th Place late Sunday, where five people were shot, two of them fatally. | Network Video Productions

Chicago Police investigate in the 2000 block of West 68th Place late Sunday, where five people were shot, two of them fatally. | Network Video Productions


The second man who died after a shooting that also killed Devin Hamb and left three other people wounded Sunday night in the West Englewood neighborhood has been identified as Davon Barrett.

A group of people was sitting on a front porch in the 2000 block of West 68th Place about 11:10 p.m. when someone got out of a vehicle in a nearby vacant lot and opened fire, according to Chicago Police.

Hamb, 27, was shot in the chest, and was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 11:55 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in the 500 block of East 72nd Street.

Barrett, 38, was shot in the neck, and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:33 a.m. Monday, according to the medical examiner’s office. Barrett lived on the same block where the shooting happened.

A 27-year-old man shot in the back was taken Christ Medical Center; a 17-year-old boy shot in the left leg was taken to St. Bernard Hospital; and a 23-year-old woman shot in the left leg was taken to Stroger Hospital. All their conditions were stabilized, according to police.

Glenn Wheeler killed, second man wounded while driving in Back of the Yards

Glenn Wheeler was killed and another man was wounded in a shooting Tuesday afternoon in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side.

Wheeler, 24, and a 19-year-old were traveling in a vehicle at 4:37 p.m. in the 900 block of West Garfield when another vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots, authorities said.

Wheeler suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the abdomen and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:02 p.m., according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in the 5200 block of South Wood.

The younger man was also taken to Stroger in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the back, police said.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Devin Hamb and another man killed, three wounded when gunman fires at group on porch in West Englewood

By ASHLEE REZIN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Chicago Police investigate in the 2000 block of West 68th Place late Sunday, where five people were shot, two of them fatally. | Network Video Productions

Chicago Police investigate in the 2000 block of West 68th Place late Sunday, where five people were shot, two of them fatally. | Network Video Productions


Devin Hamb and another man were killed, and three other people wounded in a shooting Sunday night in the West Englewood neighborhood.

The group was sitting on a front porch in the 2000 block of West 68th Place about 11:10 p.m. when someone got out of a vehicle in a nearby vacant lot and opened fire, according to Chicago Police.

Hamb, 27, was shot in the chest and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 11:55 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in the 500 block of East 72nd Street.

A 38-year-old man was shot in the neck and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The medical examiner’s office had not released his name as of Tuesday afternoon.

A 27-year-old man shot in the back was taken Christ Medical Center; a 17-year-old boy shot in the left leg was taken to St. Bernard Hospital; and a 23-year-old woman shot in the left leg was taken to Stroger Hospital, police said. All of their conditions were stabilized.

Pierre Johnson found with fatal gunshot wounds in street in Brainerd

Pierre Johnson was found shot to death Tuesday morning in the Brainerd neighborhood on the South Side.

Officers responding to a call of a person shot about 6 a.m. in the 9000 block of South Aberdeen found the 27-year-old on the ground, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The medical examiner’s office identified him as Pierre Island.

Johnson, of the 2400 block of West 60th Street, had suffered a gunshot wound to the head, and was dead at the scene, according to police and the medical examiner’s office.

Area South detectives are conducting a homicide investigation.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Formal identification made of children who were killed with their mother, Latoya Jackson, in Chatham last summer

By JORDAN OWEN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Latoya Jackson | photo provided

Latoya Jackson | photo provided


When Latoya Jackson was found dead with her her three children in their Chatham home last summer, the bodies were so badly decomposed that the identities of two of the children could not immediately be confirmed.

This week, the Cook County medical examiner’s office officially identified them.

The 28-year-old Jackson was found dead in the home in the 8300 block of South Drexel along with her three sons on July 18, 2015, authorities said. She died from ligature strangulation.

Her sons, 5-year-old Kantrell Williams; 10-year-old Kameron Simms; and 11-year-old Andrew Simms Jr. were all dead at the scene, authorities said.
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Father gets 24 years for killing his 28-day-old son, Jahki Carpenter, in 2013 in Roseland

By JORDAN OWEN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Arthur Carpenter | Cook County sheriff's office

Arthur Carpenter | Cook County sheriff’s office


A West Englewood man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for killing his 28-day-old son, Jahki Carpenter, in the Roseland neighborhood in 2013.

Arthur Carpenter, 24, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter of a family member, and aggravated battery of a child under 13 before Judge William Lacy on March 21, according to Cook County court records.

About 8 a.m. on Oct. 31, 2013, his mother left Jahki with his father in the 100 block of East 111th Street and went to school, authorities said at the time.

When the mother returned home a few hours later, she noticed the infant spit up blood twice, and later found bruising and scratching on his face. Jahki’s mother confronted Carpenter, and then took the infant to Advocate Trinity Hospital, authorities said.
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16-year-old Davharea WIlson fatally shot on block where he lived in Englewood; 18-year-old man wounded

Sixteen-year-old Davharea Wilson was killed and an 18-year-old man wounded in a shooting in the Englewood neighborhood Monday afternoon.

The two were outside in the 7300 block of South Sangamon about 4:45 p.m. when a male wearing a black hoodie shot them, Chicago Police said.

Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived on the same block where he was shot.

The man was shot in the shoulder and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition was stabilized, police said.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire