Dimitre Beck fatally stabbed during Englewood robbery

Dimitre Beck was fatally stabbed after police said he allegedly tried to rob somebody in the Englewood neighborhood Friday night.

Beck, 21, was with a group who approached a man in the 7300 block of South Halsted Street and tried to rob him about 10 p.m. Friday, authorities said.

Witnesses said the group began started to beat the robbery victim when he resisted, police said. The victim pulled out an “edged instrument” — possibly a knife — and stabbed Beck.
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Four men charged with murder in Greater Grand Crossing shooting death of 9-year-old Antonio Smith

Derrick Allmon / Photo from Chicago Police
Derrick Allmon / Photo from Chicago Police

BY TINA SFONDELES
Chicago Sun-Times

A gang member recently out of jail shot and killed a 9-year-old boy because he thought the child was warning rival gang members of his presence, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said.

“This didn’t have to happen,” McCarthy said Friday after announcing the charges.

In the end, four men were charged with first-degree murder: Derrick Allmon, 19, of the 7400 block of South Shore Drive; Jabari Williams, 22, of the 1900 block of North Sycamore Street in Hanover Park; Michael Baker, 19, of the 8100 block of South Wentworth Avenue; and Paris Denard, 19, of the 7300 block of South Dorchester Avenue.

The four are accused in the Aug. 20 shooting death of 9-year-old Antonio Smith in the backyard of a home in the 1200 block of East 73rd Street.
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Tumbler Devonshay Lofton, 16, fatally shot in Old Town

Scene where Devonshay Lofton was shot / Photo from NVP News Video
Scene where Devonshay Lofton was shot / Photo from NVP News Video

BY MICHAEL LANSU
Homicide Watch Chicago Editor

A 16-year-old member of the internationally known Jesse White Tumbling Team was shot to death Thursday night in the Old Town neighborhood.

Devonshay Lofton was in the 1300 block of North Cleveland Avenue when a gunman on a bicycle opened fire about 9:20 p.m. Thursday, authorities said.

Devonshay, of the 1300 block of North Hudson Avenue, was hit and later died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Secretary of State Jesse White, who founded the tumbling team, said the Lincoln Park High School student had been a member of the squad for about five years.
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Kamaal Burton killed in Altgeld Gardens shooting

Kamaal Burton / Photo from Facebook

Kamaal Burton / Photo from Facebook

Kamaal Burton was fatally shot Thursday night in the Altgeld Gardens community.

Burton, 18, was walking with another male near East 133rd Street and South Langley Avenue when two males walked up and opened fire, authorities said. The shooting happened near CICS Lloyd Bond elementary school.

Burton, of an unidentified home address, was shot in the chest and died at the scene, authorities said.
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Comment of the Day: “[You] are with your mother now”

Charles Labon was fatally shot this month in the North Lawndale community. Reader “juiceboxgunn” posted this about him:

RIP Charlie… my prayers & condolences to your family, I’ve known you for over 21 yrs. U are with your mother now; rest on friend‼️

Prosecutors: Luis Alfaro set up drug deal that left Giovanni Galindo dead near Midway Airport

Luis Alfaro / Photo from Chicago Police
Luis Alfaro / Photo from Chicago Police

BY MICHAEL LANSU
Homicide Watch Chicago Editor

Luis Alfaro was ordered on $1 million bond Thursday for allegedly setting up a drug deal that left Giovanni Galindo dead this month near Midway International Airport.

On Sept. 5, Alfaro was contacted by an acquaintance, who told Alfaro he planned to rob a drug dealer, said Assistant State’s Attorney Colleen Rogers.

The acquaintance asked Alfaro to set up a drug deal and promised to give Alfaro marijuana in return for setting up the robbery, Rogers said.

Alfaro called another acquaintance and set up a fake drug deal for later that day in the 6100 block of South Kilpatrick Avenue, Rogers said. During the meeting, somebody pulled out a gun and shot Galindo.
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Justin Marcado fatally shot in Belmont Cragin area

Scene where Justin Marcado was shot / Photo from NVP News video
Scene where Justin Marcado was shot / Photo from NVP News video

Justin Marcado was killed in a Belmont Cragin neighborhood shooting that also left a teenage boy wounded Wednesday night.

The pair were standing on a sidewalk in the 5000 block of West Wrightwood Avenue when gunfire erupted about 10:50 p.m. Wedneaday, police said.
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Friend: Giovanni Galindo was ‘the type of person you wanted to be around’

Giovanni Galindo / Photo from Dignity Memorial

Giovanni Galindo / Photo from Dignity Memorial

BY KALEY FOWLER
Homicide Watch Chicago

Giovanni Galindo always put his two daughters first, a friend said.

“He was kind-spirited and really loved his family,” said a friend, who is not being named because she is a minor. “He just wanted to support his two daughters.”

Galindo, 24, was shot to death this month in a residential area near Midway International Airport.

Police found Galindo, 24, shot in the head in the 6200 block of South Kilpatrick Avenue about 5:10 p.m. Sept. 5, authorities said.
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Kawantis Montogmery killed in Englewood shooting

Kawantis Montgomery was killed in a drive-by shooting Wednesday afternoon in the Englewood neighborhood.

Someone inside a blue vehicle opened fire at Montgomery in the 6100 block of South Carpenter Street at 3:48 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said.
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Family: Slain father Raphael Watts, 53, enjoyed dancing

Raphael Watts / Photo from GoFundMe.com

Raphael Watts / Photo from GoFundMe.com

BY KALEY FOWLER
Homicide Watch Chicago

Raphael Watts loved to dance, and his daughter called him “one of the best steppers in the land.”

Watts, 53, died after being hit in the head during a Sept. 4 fight in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, authorities said.

Prosecutors claim Robert Dixon, 26, and Antwon Williams, 33, beat Watts inside a home in the 2600 block of North Avenue because Watts allegedly “disrespected” Dixon’s girlfriend.
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