By ZOE FISHER
Homicide Watch Chicago
On Sundays, Isaiah Carter played Gerald Levert or Bobby Womack to coax his mother into cooking for him.
“If he wanted me to do something, he’d play music,” Angel Brown said.
While in the kitchen, she also taught him to cook a few things. Making chicken was his favorite. He would, “BBQ, fry it, boil it,” his mother said. He planned to enroll in culinary school after graduating from Manley Career Academy on the West Side in June.
Carter wanted to follow in the footsteps of his older brother, Rico Brown, who was in culinary school at the time.
“Almost everything turned out bad,” his brother said about Isaiah’s cooking experiments. “Milk and butter are not the cure to everything like we thought.”
Rico Brown dropped out of culinary school after his brother died, but now feels he has enough strength to return.
Carter was killed on Nov. 24, 2011, a day before his 19th birthday. His mother called him a “thanksgiving baby”—the youngest of her four children. Born at 28 weeks, Angel Brown gave him special attention.