WEEK IN REVIEW: 23 killed, including 3-year-old girl killed by her dad; elderly couple slain by son, on Father’s Day

By JEFF MAYES
Homicide Watch Chicago

Sun-Times file photo by Ashlee Rezin

Sun-Times file photo by Ashlee Rezin


The victims ranged in age from 3 years old to 78. Several of them were teenagers, while three of them were in their 60s or older. Six of them died on Father’s Day, including the toddler who was allegedly beaten to death by her father; and an elderly couple allegedly beaten to death by their sons.

And as Chicago’s homicide total hit 300 for the year with the final murder of the week, there were fatal shootings on the South, Southwest and West sides, and even downtown in the Streeterville neighborhood.

Father’s Day was especially bloody.

It started with the killing of a 3-year-old Jazebel Aleman early Sunday in her Little Village neighborhood home on the Southwest Side.

Two days later, her father, 26-year-old Eduardo Aleman, was charged with first-degree murder, according to Chicago Police and Cook County prosecutors.

Officers responded about 1:10 a.m. to reports of the toddler not breathing in an apartment in the 2500 block of South Homan, police said. Jazebel was pronounced dead at the scene minutes later, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: At least 19 killed in Chicago, including 12-year-old girl allegedly killed by mom’s ex-boyfriend

By JEFF MAYES
Homicide Watch Chicago

Sun-Times file photo by Ashlee Rezin

Sun-Times file photo by Ashlee Rezin


As the temperatures started to heat up last week, the homicide total in CHicago jumped to 19 last week, matching the high for any week so far in 2017.

And the year continues to keep pace with 2016’s total of about 780 homicides, the highest total in the city in two decades. As of Wednesday, there had been 284 homicides in the city so far this year, exactly matching the total for the same date in 2016.

And two more of the dead were victims of domestic violence, including a 12-year-old girl brutally murdered by her mother’s ex-boyfriend, a felon whom she called “Daddy.”

But he is now charged with beating and stabbing the popular girl to death Sunday night in the Sheridan Park neighborhood on the North Side. Alexis Stubbs suffered multiple stab wounds and blunt trauma about 9:45 p.m. in the 4600 block of North Beacon, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. She was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead an hour later.

On Monday, authorities charged John Singleton with first-degree murder. The 31-year-old was ordered held without bond on Tuesday. He had pleaded guilty to aggravated domestic battery for choking Alexis’ mother in 2014, and had just been released from prison in April.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: At least 19 people were killed, three in domestic violence situations, last week in Chicago

By JEFF MAYES
Homicide Watch Chicago

In one of the bloodiest weeks of the first half of the year, a total of 19 people were murdered in Chicago last week, including a visually-impaired teenager, a man shot to death by his stepson, and two young women who were the victims in murder-suicides.

Sun-Times file photo by Ashlee Rezin

Sun-Times file photo by Ashlee Rezin


The week started off with five fatal shootings on Memorial Day, the shooting of the physicaly and mentally handicapped teen, shot while playing basketball at a park across the street from his home.

Jervon Morris, 18, was shot in the head about 5:40 p.m. in the 9800 block of South Wallace, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The special needs student and graduate of Curie Metro High School, lost most of his eyesight as a very young boy, and had other physical and mental impairments. But he loved to play basketball (by sound) and volunteer for kids’ aprogram at the park across the street from his Longwood Manor home.

But he was in the park when he apprently got caught in the crossfire between gang members and was struck in the head, police said. Morris, who lived about a block away, was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:58 p.m.

Two of the other holiday shootings were domestic in nature.

A man and woman were found shot to death Monday morning in a murder-suicide in the South Side Bronzeville neighborhood. Tiara “Chiquita” Goodman, 25; and 32-year-old Marcel Davis were found about 10:50 a.m. in the hallway of her apartment building in the 2900 block of South State, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Both had been shot in the head.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: As Chicago Police geared up for long Memorial Day weekend, another 12 people were slain

By JEFF MAYES
Homicide Watch Chicago
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Chicago Police geared up for the Memorial Day weekend by adding more than 1,200 officers to the ranks for the unofficial start of summer. They also arrested dozens of suspected gang members, hoping to stem weekend violence by keeping them off the streets.

And while the weekend started calmly, with only one fatal shooting the first two days, a rash of violence earlier in the week still left last week’s death toll at 12.

The only fatal shooting reported during the first days of the holiday weekend was a 16-year-old boy who was killed in a shooting Sunday evening in the West Side Lawndale neighborhood, an incident that also left a and a 16-year-old girl wounded.

The teens were in a gangway about 6:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of South St. Louis when someone fired shots at them from a passing gray car, according to police. Daishawn Moore, 16, was shot in the back and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died minutes later, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He lived in the same neighborhood as where the shooting happened. The girl suffered a graze wound to the back and was also taken to Mount Sinai, police said.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: 10 more dead in Chicago violence, but two more cases remain unclassified

By JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times
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Ten more people died from violence in Chicago last week, and that number could go up after police and medical examiner’s investigations are complete.

The dead included nine people who were shot, and a man who was stabbed in his home.

The number does not include a woman run down by a car, an incident which witnesses claimed was intentional; and a woman whose body was found in a trash can. In both cases, autopsy results were inconclusive, with results pending further investigation.

The weekend’s last homicide occurred when a man was killed and a teenage boy wounded in a shooting Sunday afternoon in the West Side Austin neighborhood. The shooting happened about 2:40 p.m. in the 100 block of North Parkside, Chicago Police said.

Jerrelle Elton Johnson Jr., 18, was shot in the back and was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:52 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived on the Near West Side.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: 16 more homicides, including woman crushed by SUV after fight over man on social media

By JEFF MAYES
Homicide Watch Chicago
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At least 16 more people died from violence last week in Chicago, including five on Sunday alone, but possibly the most shocking involved a social media dispute that got out of hand.

The victim, the daughter of a Chicago cop, had been feuding with another woman on social media, and that eventually led to a physical confrontation Friday night in the Morgan Park neighborhood.

But one of the women, who was the mother of the victim’s boyfriend’s child, did not let it go, according to Cook County prosecutors. She got into her SUV, pinned the woman against a tree, and then ran her over twice.

When it was over, 24-year-old Chynna Stapleton was charged with first-degree murder for the death of 18-year-old Tatyanna Lewis, who was struck by the vehicle just after 11 p.m. in the 11400 block of South May, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Lewis was the daughter of a Chicago Police officer.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: Seven more killed, including three on Sunday marred by gang shootings in Brighton Park

By JEFF MAYES
Homicide Watch Chicago
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A burst of gang violence in the Southwest Side Brighton Park neighborhood on Sunday left three people dead, including a brother and sister visiting a memorial for a slain friend, and capped a week that saw seven people killed in homicides across the city as Chicago neared the 200 homicide mark.

While the 200th homicide was not recorded until Monday, Sunday’s outbreak of gun violence — perpetrated by gang members using assault rifles, according to Chicago Police — left three dead and eight wounded in two separate incidents on the same block.

Michael A. Williams and his sister Adriana Williams had stopped at a memorial service for a friend killed hours earlier. As the gatherers mourned, two gunmen, opened fire on the crowd, leaving the siblings dead and eight other people wounded about 5:15 p.m. Sunday at Rockwell Street and 46th Place, according to police.

Michael Williams, 24; and Adriana Williams, 27, were both shot multiple times, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Michael was pronounced dead at the scene, while Adriana was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 5:57 p.m.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: Cops say shootings down across city, but 10 more deaths mean homicides ahead of 2016 pace

By JEFF MAYES
Homicide Watch Chicago

CrimeScene-LCN-040213-1.jpgChicago Police on Monday said the number of shootings in Chicago declined for the second month in a row in April, but that didn’t stop another 10 people from dying in violence in the final week of the month.

Overall, 45 people were fatally shot in Chicago in April, a month in which 313 people were injured in 247 separate shooting incidents, according to police statistics released Monday, and maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Shootings are down almost 13 percent from the same time last year, according to police. So far, there have been about 9 percent fewer shooting victims compared to 2016. Police said the decline continued from March, when 209 people were shot, 35 of them fatally.

Fifteen of the city’s 22 police districts saw a reduction or remained flat in shootings compared to this time last year, police said.At least 10 people were killed in violence last week in Chicago.

Homicides are a different story. While 2016 saw the most shootings in the city in over 20 years, 2017 is keeping pace. As of the end of April, there have been at least 190 homicides in the city, according to Sun-Times records. That is actually four more homicides than the 186 that were reported through the end of April 2016.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: 14 more people killed as city tops 1,000 shootings, 180 homicides in less than 4 months

By JEFF MAYES
Homicide Watch Chicago
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Last year saw the most homicides in the city in more than two decades, and this year is on pace to equal or beat that number. It is not even the end of April and there have been more than 1,000 shootings in the city of Chicago this year, and more than 180 have been homicide victims.

At least 14 people were killed in Chicago last week, and that brought the total number of homicides to 183 as of April 25. In 2016, the city recorded its 183rd homicide on April 26.

On the same day, two people were shot, bringing the city’s gun violence toll to 1,000 victims this year, according to Chicago Sun-Times data. The milestone came on the 115th day of 2017, meaning the city is averaging nearly nine people shot per day. The bloodiest day was New Year’s Day, when 27 people were shot.

Last week’s homicide victims ranged in age from 18 to 71, and died all across the city, though the vast majority of the year’s crimes and hiomicides have occurred on the South and West sides.

The latest victim was a man killed in a shooting Sunday evening in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side. Isaiah Erasmo Sanchez, 19, was a passenger in a vehicle about 7:15 p.m. in the 800 block of North Sacramento when someone fired shots from another vehicle, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Sanchez suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was taken to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 8:33 p.m. He lived in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on the Northwest Side.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: Six more people killed in Chicago, including Cook County judge gunned down in front of his home

By JEFF MAYES
Homicide-Watch Chicago
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Six more people were homicide victims in Chicago last week, including a Cook County judge shot to death in front of his South Side home, as the city’s epidemic of violence kept pace with with 2016, a year which saw the most murders in two decades.

On April 19, Chicago recorded its 171st homicide of the year, according to records kept by the Chicago Sun-Times. In 2016, the 171st homicide of the year was also recorded on April 19. However, the ciuty’s 172nd and 173rd homicides were also reported on April 19, so as of Friday morning, this year is running two homicides behind last year, which ended with more than 780.

The violence actually slowed down somewhat last week, as four of the six fatal shootings were reported on Monday, April 17, and just two others happened the rest of the week.

The most shocking crime of the week involved the judge, who was shot to death in an incident that also left a woman wounded early Monday in the West Chesterfield neighborhood on the South Side.

Officers responded at 4:51 a.m. to a call of shots fired in the 9400 block of South Forest and found the 66-year-old man and 52-year-old woman suffering from gunshot wounds, according to police. The man was identified as Cook County Associate Judge Raymond Myles, according to the medical examiner’s office.
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