Simone ‘Coco’ McKay shot to death on her front porch, just blocks from Chicago State, where she was a student

By MATTHEW HENDRICKSON, ASHLEE REZIN and JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times

Simone 'Coco' Mckay | Facebook

Simone ‘Coco’ Mckay | Facebook

Simone D. McKay, a young mother of two, was found shot to death early Sunday on the front porch of her home in the Rosemoor neighborhood, just blocks away from Chicago State University, where she was a student.

Officers responded to a call of a person shot shortly after midnight and found the 26-year-old unresponsive on the porch of her home in the 9600 block of South Forest, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

She had been shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:13 a.m., authorities said.

Her neighbors described hearing a single loud shot. Some thought it could be thunder or a lightning strike, but soon after, the block was filled with police vehicles and investigators began knocking on doors.

One man, who watched the scene from his porch, said he couldn’t believe that the victim was the “clean cut, put together woman” he frequently saw coming and going.
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Popular teacher at Waldorf School caught in gang crossfire while walking to dinner with husband in Rogers Park

By MATTHEW HENDRICKSON
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Cynthia Trevillion | Chicago Waldorf School Community

Cynthia Trevillion | Chicago Waldorf School Community


Shocked by the death of Cynthia Trevillion, a longtime Chicago teacher who was killed by a stray bullet Friday night in Rogers Park, her North Side community is looking to honor her memory.

The 64-year-old Trevillion was walking with her husband to meet friends for dinner. They were only about four blocks from home when they were caught in gang crossfire about 6:30 p.m. in the 6900 block of North Glenwood, authorities said.

Someone in a dark-colored SUV opened fire on two juveniles standing on the street near the CTA’s Morse Red Line station, according to Chicago Police.

Trevillion was struck in the neck and head, and died after being taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Trevillion worked as a middle school math teacher at Chicago Waldorf School, where she was a member of the faculty for more than 30 years, Administrative Director Luke Goodwin said.
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Only 18, Romaine Elkins was a role model who looked out for family and friends in his own ‘Elkins way’

By ANALISA TROFIMUK
Homicide Watch Chicago

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Romaine Elkins | photo from Facebook 

Romaine Elkins’ last words to his cousin and best friend, Lawante Montgomery, were, “I love you,” not long before he was shot and killed on the evening of June 9 in the Austin neighborhood.

Elkins, 18, was standing in 1500 block of North Linder when he was fatally shot, according to Chicago Police.

Before moving to the west suburban Naperville, Elkins was a Chicago resident. He attended Chicago Jesuit Academy, where he played cymbals and bass drum under the direction of Isaiah Spencer.

Spencer has taught percussion for 20 years and currently teaches at New Trier High School in Winnetka. He taught Elkins at CJA from about 2011 to 2013. According to Spencer, Elkins was always the comedian and leader in the drumline.

Elkins “proclaimed” to his classmates that he was the funny guy, according to Spencer, who called him a genuinely nice guy whom younger students and his two younger brothers looked up to as a role model.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: North Side teacher and South Side college student among 16 people killed last week

At least 16 people were killed during the week of October 9-15 in Chicago, including two school employees who died in separate incidents in the Far South Side Rosemoor and Far North Side Rogers Park neighborhoods.

Soimone 'CoCo' Mckay | Facebook

Soimone ‘CoCo’ Mckay | Facebook

Simone D. McKay, 26, was shot to death early Sunday morning on her porch in the 9600 block of South Forest in the Rosemoor neighborhood, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. She was shot in the head and was pronounced dead at 12:13 a.m., authorities said.

McKay was a part-time employee of the CPS Office of Early Education and was a senior biology major at Chicago State University. She was also a single mother of two young children.

Another shooting victim, Cynthia Trevillion, 64, was caught in gang crossfire in the 6900 block of North Glenwood in the Rogers Park neighborhood at about 6:30 p.m. Friday, authorities said.

Cynthia Trevillion | Chicago Waldorf School Community

Cynthia Trevillion | Chicago Waldorf School Community

Trevellion and her husband were walking to meet friends for dinner when she was struck in the head and neck. She was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, where she died at 7:18 p.m.

Tevellion was a math teacher at the Chicago Waldorf School, where she had taught for the last 14 years.

Other homicides last week included:

  • A 26-year-old man was fatally shot Sunday afternoon in the South Side Gresham neighborhood. Reno D. Wooldridge suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and arm at 12:33 p.m. in the 8300 block of South Justine, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Wooldridge was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died half an hour later. He lived on same block as the shooting.

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19-year-old Terrence Lipsey shot to death a block away from his home in Austin

Terrence Lipsey was fatally shot Monday night in the West Side Austin neighborhood.

The 19-year-old Lipsey was standing on the sidewalk in the 200 block of North Mason when another male walked up and opened fire, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Lipsey was struck in the head, and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died at 4:37 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said.

He lived about a block away from where he was shot.
—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Justin Gilbert and Trevail ‘Trey’ Ridgell shot to death in drive-by while sitting in van in South Shore

Justin Gilbert and Trevail ‘Trey’ Ridgell were shot to death Saturday night when someone in a passing vehicle opened fire on their van, which was parked in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side.

The 17-year-old Ridgell and 19-year-old Gilbert were sitting in the parked van about 10:25 p.m. in the 8900 block of South Union, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examioner’s office.

Someone fired shots at them from a passing gray sedan and both were struck multiple times. They were pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

Both victims lived about a block away from the scene of the shooting.

A YouCaring page has been set up to help with funeral expenses for Ridgell’s family.

Area South detectives are investigating.

Ridgell was a popular student at Phillips High School, where he performed with the drum line and was known for his sense of humor, friends said.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

22-year-old Devon ‘Bam Bam’ Caffie shot to death while walking in South Shore

Devon “Bam Bam” Caffie was walking Sunday morning in the South Shore neighborhood when two men got out of a car and started shooting, leaving the 22-year-old dead.

Caffie was walking about 11:10 a.m. on the sidewalk in the 6700 block of South Jeffery, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Two male suspects got out of a Ford car nearby and opened fire, police said.

Caffie suffered gunshot wounds to the chest, arm and back of his head; and was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:38 a.m., according to police and the medical examiner’s office. He lived in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side.

The shooters were described as black males in gray clothing, police said. No one was in custody as Area Central detectives investigate.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Man found shot to death in South Shore identified as 24-year-old Valentino Cockerham

Valentino Cockerham, was shot to death Saturday afternoon in the South Shore neighborhood.

Police responded to shots fired in the 7000 block of South Chappel at 2:29 p.m. and found the 24-year-old Cockerham unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:46 p.m., according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Cockerham lived in the same neighborhood as the shooting.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Reno Wooldridge shot to death on the block where he lived in Gresham

Reno D. Wooldridge was fatally shot on the block where he lived in the South Side Gresham neighborhood Sunday afternoon.

The 26-year-old Wooldridge was shot in the chest and arm at 12:33 p.m. in the 8300 block of South Justine, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He was transported to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 1:10 p.m., authorities said.

Area South detectives are conducting a homicide investigation.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

52-year-old Victor Carrillo fatally shot while sitting in car in Back of the Yards alley

A 52-year-old man was shot to death in an alley in the South Side Back of Yards neighborhood Friday evening.

Victor Carrillo was shot in the chest as he sat in a parked car at 8:15 p.m. in an alley off the 4400 block of South Marshfield, authorities said.

Carrillo, a Back of Yards resident, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died at at 8:52 p.m.

A fundraiser page was set up by a relative. The author of the page wrote that Carrillo “was the light of our life, the laughter of our family, he was the glue that held us together.”

26-year-old Sharrod Peoples fatally shot, second man injured, while sitting in vehicle in Wrightwood

Sharrod L. Peoples was fatally shot Friday afternoon in the Wrightwood neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

Peoples and another man, both 26, were sitting in a car at 3:57 p.m. when someone walked up and fired shots in the 8000 block of South California, according to Chicago Police.

Peoples was shot multiple times in the body and the other man was shot in the bicep, police said.

They were taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where Peoples was pronounced dead at 4:40 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The other man’s condition was stabilized, police said.

Peoples had a two-year-old son and was described as a “kind, loyal, family oriented man,” according to a fundraiser page dedicated to him.