Matthew Jackson / Photo from Chicago Police
BY LEEANN SHELTON
Emergency crews found Easterling, 31, about 6 a.m. Feb. 21 after a fire at a 2 1/2 story apartment building in the 8300 block of South Baker Avenue, authorities said.
The fire started in the rear bedroom, where Easterling was found with gunshot wounds to the throat and chest, authorities said.
Easterling, of the 8100 block of South Vernon Avenue, died at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy confirmed he died of multiple gunshot wounds and the death was ruled a homicide.
Two days before Easterling was found, rapper Twista posted on social media that “a close friend” and security guard was missing.
Police said authorities identified Jackson, 25, as the shooter and charged him with one count each of first-degree murder and armed robbery. Jackson, of the 8000 block of South Champlain Avenue, will appear in court for a bond hearing Thursday.