WEEK IN REVIEW: At least 14 die from violence, including young mother left paralyzed by shooting 7 months earlier

By JEFF MAYES
Homicide Watch Chicago

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At least 14 people died from violence in Chicago last week, including a young mother who died from injuries suffered in a shooting last summer near her West Side home that left her paralyzed for the last seven months of her life.

Precious Land, 27, was shot about 8 p.m. May 28 as she drove home in the 3900 block of West Lexington in Lawndale neighborhood, Chicago Police said at the time.

Land, who lived a block from where she was shot, died at 9:24 p.m. Friday at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

On the night she was killed, the start of Memorial Day weekend, Land had just dropped off her four children at a friend’s home, family members said on Facebook. Just one block west of Land’s home, she suffered a gunshot wound to the neck and was initially taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.

Land, a mother of four, was left in a coma and paralyzed, family and friends said on Facebook. She eventually came out of the coma and was taken home from the hospital, but remained paralyzed until she passed away.

  • The week’s final homicide was a man fatally shot Sunday morning in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. At 5:30 a.m., officers responding to a call of a person down found 26-year-old Timothy Wade unresponsive on the sidewalk in the 2600 block of West Van Buren, according to police. Wade, who lived on the same block, was shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: At least 8 die from violence in Chicago, including two teenage boys, and two brothers

By JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire
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At least eight people were killed in Chicago violence last week, including two brothers and a pair of teenage boys, all of whom died after a pair of shootings on the West Side.

The boys were killed in a drive-by shooting that also left a 65-year-old woman was wounded Tuesday afternoon in the East Garfield Park neighborhood.

Sixteen-year-old Malik McNeese and a 17-year-old Stevie Jefferson were on a sidewalk about noon in the 3400 block of West Fulton when a black SUV pulled up. Someone in the vehicle opened fire, hitting the younger boy in the head, back and arm; and the older boy in the head, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

McNeese was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead; while Jefferson died after being taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, authorities said.

A stray bullet went through the front door of a home on the block, hitting the 65-year-old woman in the leg. She was taken to Mount Sinai in good condition, police said.

  • About 12 hours later, the brothers were fatally shot in the Homan Square neighborhood Tuesday night. Officers responding at 11:13 p.m. to a call of shots fired in the 3200 block of West Lexington found the pair lying in the street, police said.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: 2016 closes with at least 780 homicides in Chicago, and three more reported on first day of new year

By JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

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The calendar turned from 2016 to 2017, and the temperatures took a downward spike, but nothing seemed to slow the pace of the killings in CHicago, as at least 13 people were killed in violence last week in Chicago.

The year ended with at least 780 homicides (762 by the Chicago Police method of counting) in Chicago, according to Chicago Sun-Times records. Another 12 people died in 2016 of injuries suffered in shootings or assaults in prior years, and another 11 were killed by police officers.

That was the highest total in more than 20 years. And the first day of 2017 saw another three fatal shootings, including two men who apparently shot each other to death inside a North Side business.

The shootout Sunday morning in an Uptown neighborhood business left Maurice Delaney and Ali Mohamed dead, the first reported homicides of 2017, authorities said. The men were shooting at each other about 4:25 a.m. New Year’s Day inside a business in the 4600 block of North Broadway, according to police.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: Mass shooting at South Side party caps bloody holiday weekend, bringing week’s toll to 14 dead

By JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire
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The week started out with longest period of time without a fatal shooting in the city all year, but it ended with bloody holiday weekend that ended with at least 14 people dead from violence in Chicago.

The city saw a peaceful period from early Sunday morning until Thursday afternoon, a period of over 4 1/2 days without a fatal shooting. Then came the Christmas holiday, which was anything but peaceful, with at least 11 people killed and dozens of others shot.

When it was all over, 14 people were killed last week, bring the year’s total to over 780, including about a dozen who died this year after being shot or assaulted in previous years, according to Sun-Times Wire record.

The horrific holiday weekend ended with a mass shooting in the East Chatham neighborhood that left two bothers dead and five other people wounded, two of them critically.

It happened Christmas night about 9:20 p.m., when people were gathered for a family party on the porch of a home in the 8600 block of South Maryland. Someone wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt walked out from an adjacent alley and opened fire, according to Chicago Police. The shooter then ran away.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: 15 killed in Chicago, including 4 during robbery at what cops called a Far South Side drug house

By JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire
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At least 15 people were killed in Chicago last week, including four who were slain in what police called a robbery or home invasion as a home where drugs were being sold on the Far South Side.

The Fernwood massacre occurred Saturday at what Chicago Police called “dope house” in the 100 block of West 105th Street. However, it wasn’t clear exactly when the shootings happened.

Officers were called at 12:39 p.m. to the home and found Elijah Jackson, 36; Shacora Jackson, 40; and Nateyah Yafah Hines, 19, dead, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. All three lived in the house. A fourth person, 45-year-old Scott Travis Thompson of southwest suburban Romeoville was also found dead.

Shacora Jackson suffered multiple gunshot wounds, while the otherss each suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head, according to the medical examiner’s office. A fifth victim, an 18-year-old woman found outside with at least one gunshot wound, was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she remained in critical condition. A 2-year-old boy was unharmed and was taken to Roseland Community Hospital for observation.

The week’s killings pushed the city total to more than 750 for 2016.

  • The week’s last homicide occurred Sunday morning in the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side. Joel Planas, 34, was involved in a fight with another man at 12:52 a.m. in the 3100 block of West Irving Park Road when the person he was fighting pulled a gun and fired, striking him in the abdomen, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Planas was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he was died about 5 hours later, police said.
  • A southwest suburban man was shot to death Friday night in the Belmont Heights neighborhood on the Northwest Side. Just after 10 p.m., 28-year-old Crispin Coliz Jr. got into an argument with two men inside a convenience store, authorities said.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: Nine killed in violence in Chicago, including 1-month-old boy dead from child abuse

By JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire
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At least 9 people died from violence last week, including a 1-month-old baby whose death in Englewood was ruled a homicide by child abuse, as Chicago’s 2016 murder total neared 750.

As of Wednesday morning, there have been at least 741 homicides in Chicago this year, according to Chicago Sun-Times Wire statistics. If you add in 11 people who died in 2016 after being shot or assaulted in prior years, the number is 752 with three weeks left in the year.

One of those was the death of a 1-month-old boy Wednesday afternoon in Englewood. About 2 p.m. Dec. 7, officers responded to assist paramedics treating an unresponsive infant inside his home in the 6600 block of South Racine, according to Chicago Police. Timothy Harmon was taken to St. Bernard Hospital, where he died minutes later, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

An autopsy Thursday found Timothy died of multiple injuries caused by child abuse, according to the medical examiner’s office. Area South detectives are investigating, along with the Department of Children and Family Services. Police said the baby’s mother was not home at the time, and the 911 call was made by a babysitter.

  • Last week’s final homicide was south suburban man fatally shot Sunday afternoon in the Riverdale neighborhood on the Far South Side. Anthony “Mook G” Barr, 45, was sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked blue SUV at 12:04 p.m. in the 300 block of East 136th Street when he was approached by two male suspects, who opened fire before running away, police and the medical examiner’s office said. Barr, who lived in Harvey, was shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: 18 killed in Chicago, including popular retired insurance broker and undefeated young boxer

At least 18 people were killed in violence in Chicago last week, including an elderly west suburban businessman who often returned to his West Side neighborhood, where he advocated against violence and spent time trying to improve the relationship between the community and the police.

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It remains unclear whether Ronald L. Allen was the intended target of the shooting that took his life as he drove home from a card game with friends early Friday in North Austin. About 2:20 a.m., someone opened fire on his vehicle in the in the 1300 block of North Laramie, striking him in the side, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. His vehicle crashed into two parked cars, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Allen, who grew up in the Austin, was one of the first black owners of an insurance agency backed by a major national company, Allstate, before retiring about seven years ago. He was also an activist whose goal was to help repair the relationship between police and communities with the group Urban Partnership. The Naperville resident, a graduate of Chicago State University, also hosted “The Financial Forum” on WVON-AM, and served as a precinct committeeman in Naperville Township and was active in the DuPage County NAACP.

Family members said it was not unusual for Allen to be playing cards in his old neighborhood. He was a big fan of the game Bid Whist, and even wrote a book, “The Evolution of Bid Whist,” on the history and strategy of the game. Allen was 73.

  • Also shot to death in the city last week was a 25-year-old man with a 20-0 record as professional boxer. His co-manager said Ed “Bad Boy” Brown “was going to be a world champion.” Instead, the Garfield Park native, who wore a Chicago flag uniform when he fought, was gunned down early Saturday., just half a mile from his home, according to police and co-manager, Mike Cericola.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: 12 more die in Chicago violence, making November the third-deadliest month of the year

By JEFF MAYES and JORDAN OWEN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire
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At least 12 people were shot to death in Chicago last week as a violent year continued with no sign of colder weather stopping the bloodshed in the streets.

November closed with 77 murder victims in the city, making it the third-deadliest month of the year, according to Chicago Police. October was second with 78 homicide victims, while the highest death toll of the year so far was in August, when more than 90 people were killed.

November saw a total 316 shooting incidents and 389 shooting victims, according to police, who claim the increase in violence is driven by five police districts on the South and West sides.

The city also passed the grim milestone of 700 homicides for the year in November, the first time has happened since 1998. Through the end of November, there were 714 homicides, according to Chicago Sun-Times Wire records.

Through Nov. 30, the city has had a total of 4,048 shooting victims in 3,315 shooting incidents in 2016, according to police.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: Cold doesn’t stop the carnage as 22 die from homicides, including congressman’s teen grandson

By JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire
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The weather turned colder last week, but that couldn’t stop the violence, as 22 more people died as the result of homicides in Chicago, including the teenage grandson of a congressman, pushing the year’s homicide toll past 700 for the first time in nearly 20 years.

He was one of four people killed in separate shootings on the South and West sides Thursday as the city surpassed the 700 homicide total for the first time since 1998.

A total 0f 704 homicides were reported that year, a number already surpassed in mid-November with the 708th homicide of the year recorded (including 10 people who died this year of injuries suffered in attacks in earlier years) on Nov. 20. Last year the city recorded 473 homicides for the entire year.

Shootings are also far surpassing the 2015 totals, with Chicago Police reporting 3,165 shooting incidents through Wednesday. More than 3,290 people have been injured in those shootings, and that does not include the 630-plus who died as a result of being shot.

Police statistics show a 49 percent increase in shooting incidents over a year ago, and a 54 percent increase in homicides, though police had only reported 654 homicides as of last Wednesday. Police do not include prior-year incidents, shootings they consider self-defense or accidental, or fatal shootings that occur on interstate highways which are investigated by Illinois State Police.

The 701st homicide victim of 2016 was Javon Wilson, the teenage grandson of U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, who was shot to death in his Englewood home Friday evening. About 6:45 p.m., the 15-year-old was inside his home in the 5600 block of South Princeton when two people came in, started arguing with the boy, and then shot him in the head, according to Chicago Police and a statement from the congressman’s office.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: At least 12 people died from violence in Chicago, including baby girl, two teenage boys

By JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire
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At least 12 people were killed in violence in Chicago last week, including a 21-month-old girl allegedly beaten to death by her mother’s boyfriend, and two boys ages 16 and 17 killed in separate shootings on the West Side.

Cook County prosecutors allege that 22-year-old Uriel Vega was baby-sitting Raiylana Vasquez on Tuesday, Nov. 7, when he pulled the infant off the couch, threw her across the kitchen and into a bedroom, and then stomped on her stomach. Vega is being hjeld without bond on a first-degree murder charge.

It happened Tuesday morning in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. Authorities responded to the 4700 block of South Honore at 11:22 a.m. and found Raiylana unresponsive, Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. She had suffered “obvious” signs of trauma.

Raiylana was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy found she died of multiple injuries due to child abuse, and her death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office.

The state Department of Children and Family Services is also investigating the mother’s boyfriend for allegations of abuse and neglect, according to a spokeswoman.

  • A teenage boy was the week’s first homicide, fatally shot Monday afternoon in West Garfield Park. Someone walked up to 16-year-old Clarence Coakley about 3:30 p.m. in the 4600 block of West Lake Street and shot him repeatedly in the upper torso, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.
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