Autopsy: Victor Ramirez beaten, intentionally run over by car in Little Village

Victor Ramirez died after being beaten and run over by a car in the Little Village neighborhood early Sunday.

Ramirez, 23, got into a fight in the 4100 block of West 26th Street about 5:30 a.m. Sunday, authorities said.

Ramirez, of the 3000 block of West 41st Street, was beaten during the fight, authorities said. One of the attackers then got into a car and ran over Ramirez while making a U-turn.
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Johnny White killed in Back of the Yards shooting

Johnny White was fatally shot in the Back of the Yards neighborhood late Friday.

White, 36, was shot in the head and thigh and police found him on a sidewalk in the 5400 block of South Damen Avenue about 10:45 p.m. Friday, authorities said.
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Police: Murders down 8% in August, 7.5% in 2014

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy discusses crime stats / Photo by Brian Jackson
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy discusses crime stats / Photo by Brian Jackson

BY MICHAEL LANSU
Homicide Watch Chicago Editor

Chicago Police announced Monday that August murders declined for the third consecutive year.

Police reported 46 murders in August, an 8 percent decrease from the 50 killings in 2013 and a 16 percent decrease from the 55 slayings in 2012. There were only 35 murders in August 2011.

Despite the decrease in killings, the number of shooting incidents and shooting victims remained about the same.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: Nine murdered throughout Chicago

BY MICHAEL LANSU
Homicide Watch Chicago Editor

Nine people were murdered throughout Chicago last week, including two beating deaths and one fatal stabbing.

Both of the beatings happened over the holiday weekend, when three people were shot to death and at least 33 others were wounded by gunfire.

The most recent murder happened when a 29-year-old man was shot in the 7400 block of North Ridge Avenue in the Roger Park community about 8:45 p.m. Sunday, authorities said. His name was not yet released.
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Marsharra Tate charged with murder in shooting death of Summer Moore

Marsharra Tate / Photo from Chicago Police

Marsharra Tate / Photo from Chicago Police

A second man has been charged with murder in the May shooting death of Summer Moore, a mother of three killed outside a family party in the Morgan Park community.

Marsharra Tate, 19, was was also charged with one count each of attempted murder and and aggravated discharge of a firearm, police said. He is scheduled to appear for a bond hearing Sunday.

Tate, of the 8300 block of South Saginaw Avenue, was identified as the man who shot Moore in the 11400 block of South Aberdeen Street May 9, authorities said.

Moore, 37, was attending a party to celebrate a teenage relative’s prom send-off when she was shot in the chest, her family said. Police said she was not the intended target.
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Darius Sept fatally shot in Morgan Park

Darius Sept was shot to death early Saturday in the Morgan Park community.

Sept, 34, was shot in the abdomen in the 10900 block of South Racine Avenue about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, authorities said.
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PHOTO GALLERY: Antonio Smith, 9, laid to rest

PHOTOS BY ALEX WROBLEWSKI
For Chicago Sun-Times

Antonio Smith, 9, was fatally shot Aug. 20 in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood after he ran out of the family apartment when he was denied a cupcake, his mother said. The boy was laid to rest on Saturday.

Antonio Smith funeral / Photo by Alex Wroblewski
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Murderer’s Row: Slayings on 79th Street have some residents scared to go outside

BY MICHAEL LANSU
Homicide Watch Chicago Editor

When the weather is nice, Ehrick Harper likes to sit outside of the Chatham Great Choice apparel store where he works.

Harper, 38, knows the store is on a particularly violent stretch of East 79th Street, but says he makes the two-hour commute from the West Side because he needs work.

“I have to feel safe — it’s my job,” Harper says with a smile as he glances over his right shoulder at his co-worker.

The store closes at 7 p.m., and residents say the bustling commercial strip near Cottage Grove changes for the worse at night, just in time for Harper’s bus trip home.

“You put too many people in a [bad] situation and it reaches a boiling point,” Harper said. “When there is no economic structure for people, they tend to stray or they try and make something out of nothing. That means violence, or whatever they need to do to get it cracking, as they say on 79th.”Read more

David Radford charged with murder in South Chicago shooting death of William Allen

David Radford / Photo from Chicago Police
David Radford / Photo from Chicago Police

BY MICHAEL LANSU
Homicide Watch Chicago Editor

A second man has been charged with murder for the July shooting death of William Allen in the South Chicago neighborhood.

Allen was talking with a 19-year-old woman and 47-year-old man on a porch near East 80th Street and South Muskegon Avenue when David Radford and Deonta Noble approached and asked Allen about his gang affiliation about 11:20 p.m. July 6, authorities said.

Radford accused Allen of being affiliated with the Mafia gang, and Radford and Noble opened fire on Allen and the woman, said Assistant State’s Attorney Beth Novy.
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Caretaker Erenbira Pimentel-Hernandez stabbed to death in Albany Park neighborhood

BY JORDAN OWEN
Sun-Times Media

A caretaker was stabbed to death in the Albany Park neighborhood Wednesday morning.

Erenbira Pimentel-Hernandez, 38, was stabbed multiple times in a stairwell in the 4700 block of North Lawndale Avenue about 8:20 a.m. Wednesday, authorities said.

Minutes earlier, a witness saw Hernandez talking to a man in a rear parking lot, according to a police report. The two then walked into the stairwell and closed the door.
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