WEEK IN REVIEW: At least 14 more killed in Chicago as city on track to repeat last year’s homicide surge

By JEFF MAYES
Homicide Watch Chicago
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The victims ranged in age from a 15-year-old boy shot death in Hermosa to a 75-year-old, found with fatal stab wounds after a fire in his home in Portage Park. It was another bloody week in Chicago, where at least 14 people died from violence, including a man shot to death by his own father.

The death toll for the year has reached at least 163 people killed in homicides through April 10. That is just one less that April 10 of 2016, when the city recorded its 164th homicide en route to a toal of nearly 800, the most in at least 20 years.

The week’s youngest victim was 15-year-old Diego Villada, who died Monday morning, two days after he was shot on the Northwest Side. The boy was in an alley about 12:35 p.m. April 1 in the 2100 block of North Tripp when he was confronted by two males, one of whom fired multiple shots, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Villada, who lives in the same neighborhood, suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 9:45 a.m. Monday, authorities said.

Two other teenage boys were also killed last week. A 16-year-old was killed and a 19-year-old man wounded in a shooting Wednesday afternoon in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side. They were walking out of a store in the 1300 block of South Lawndale at 1:06 p.m. when they heard shots, according to police. Kahari Stovall, the 16-year-old, was shot in the lower back and abdomen; and the man was shot in the knee, police said. Both were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where Stovall was pronounced dead at 3:40 p.m., according to police and the medical examiner’s office. He lived in the South Shore neighborhood. The man was listed in good condition, police said.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: It started calmly, but exploded in wave of South Shore violence, and ended with 18 people dead

By JEFF MAYES
Homicide Watch Chicago
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A week that started out with about four full days without a homicide suddenly exploded into a bloodbath when four shootings left eight people dead in a matter of 24 hours in the South Shore neighborhood, and by the time it ended, 18 lives were lost to violence in Chicago last week.

After nearly four days of from early Sunday morning until Wednesday night, a man shot to death in the South Shore neighborhood. Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said 37-year-old Jerry Jacobs was walking on the sidewalk at 11:13 p.m. March 29 in the 7900 block of South Phillips when four males got out of a dark-colored vehicle and shot at him.

Jacobs, who lived in the same neighborhood, suffered a gunshot wound to the right side of his body and took himself to South Shore Hospital. He was later transferred to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:40 a.m. Thursday, March 31.

And that was just the start, according to Cook County prosecutors, who claim that Jacobs’ son, 19-year-old Maurice Harris, fatally shot four people at the Nadia Fish and Chicken restaurant at 75th and Coles in retaliation for his father’s death. Charged on Wednesday with four counts of murder, Harris was ordered held without bond.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: At least 5 more people shot to death in city, though homicide numbers way down in March

By JEFF MAYES
Homicide Watch Chicago
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Despite a dramatic reduction in homicides in Chicago so far in March, another 5 people died from violence in the city last week.

As of March 30, there had been 28 homicides in March, and while that may seem high, it follows a February in which at least 48 people were slain, and a January that saw 53 homicides, according to Chicago SUn-Times records.

There have been at least 129 homicides this year, and while the city was keeping pace with last year’s numbers, it has now fallen behind 2016, during which 149 people had been slain in the same time period.

Last week’s victim included a 14-year-old boy, shot to death Saturday afternoon in Austin on the West Side; and a 22-year-old man known as an outstanding athlete in the Far South Side Rosemoor neighborhood, who died Wednesday, five days after being shot in the neighborhood where he live..

The teen, Laquan Allen, was on the sidewalk in the 4900 block of West Hubbard just after 3 p.m. when someone fired shots from a passing vehicle, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The boy suffered a gunshot wound to the buttocks and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:34 p.m., according to authorities.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: After three found shot to death in car on Monday, week ends with total of 7 homicides

CrimeScene-LCN-040213-1.jpgA week that started out with three people being found with fatal gunshot wounds in a car parked on the South Side ended with only three more fatal shootings. And the death of a man who had been shot several months earlier brought the week’s death toll from Chicago violence to seven.

The three men were found Monday morning in a car parked illegally in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood. The bodies were found at 7:35 a.m. in an alley in the 8600 block of South Throop, according to Chicago Police. However, police said it was not known how long the bodies had been there.

Vogels T. Anderson Jr., 20, was shot in the head; Ryan Hamilton, 20, was shot in the neck; and Devontae Watson, 18, was shot multiple times, according to the Cook COunty medical examiner’s office.

Anderson and Watson lived in the Southwest Side Ashburn neighborhood, whiled Hamilton lived in south suburban Blue Island. Police said Hamilton had been reported missing the previous evening, and the bodies were found in his vehicle.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: 15 die from violence, including 2 in mass pair of shooting incidents, man forced to ingest bleach

By JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire
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Just one week after no fatal shootings were reported in Chicago for the first time in over four years, the city saw another outbreak of violence that left at least 15 people killed, including a pair of separate incidents in which two men died. Another man died after his girlfriends poured bleach into his face during a domestic argument.

Two men were killed and one wounded in an Edgewater neighborhood shooting early Sunday on the North Side. Quentin Payton, 28, and a 32-year-old man were standing outside at 12:34 a.m. on the sidewalk in the 6300 block of North Broadway when someone in a dark-colored SUV opened fire, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Payton was shot in the head and was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The older man suffered a gunshot wound to the left leg and was also taken to Saint Francis, where his condition was stabilized.

More than 30 minutes later, 22-year-old Chaz Johnson showed up at Community First Medical Center suffering from a gunshot wound to the left side of his torso, police said. He had been sitting in the back seat of a vehicle when he was shot and investigators eventually determined he was a third victim from the Edgewater incident. Johnson was later transferred in critical condition to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he died at 8:43 a.m., authorities said.

In the week’s other mass shooting, four men were struck early Friday at a Washington Park neighborhood gas station on the South Side, leaving two dead, according to police. Responding officers found the victims just before 2 a.m. in the foyer of the GoLo station in the 100 block of East 51st Street. Witnesses said a gray four-door Chevrolet pulled up and opened fire on the men before taking off north on Indiana Avenue.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: At least two dead from violence, though Chicago went all week without a fatal shooting

By JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

There was likely not a fatal shooting in Chicago last week, something that had not happened in Chicago in more than four years.
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It has been since at least 2012 since there was a week without a fatal shooting, according to Homicide Watch Chicago records which go back to the start of 2013. The longest stretch without a fatal shooting in that time was four days, which happened in December 2016.

But despite the lull in fatalities, the city is still ahead of 2016 as far as shootings go, though 2016 had recorded more homicides, 111, as compared to this year, which had seen 102 through Sunday.

Two people did die from violence in the city last week, but both were injured before the week started.

  • Chicago Police and state child welfare authorities are investigating the death of a 4-month-old Janylah Mack, who died Thursday from injuries suffered in utero when her father allegedly beat her pregnant mother and killed her 3-year-old brother last year. Janylah was pronounced dead at 10:09 a.m. Thursday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy Friday found the baby, who lived in the West Side Humboldt Park neighborhood, died from complications of injuries her mother suffered in an assault while pregnant with her.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: At least 16 more dead as Chicago tops 100 homicides, keeping pace with a bloody 2016

By JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire
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At least 16 people were killed in violence in Chicago last week as the city’s homicide total passed the 100 mark less than two months into the year. The week’s victim included an engaged couple and their unborn child, and a baby who had survived 5 months after her mother died in another shooting last fall.

The 100th and 101st reported homicides of the year happened early Saturday in the Woodlawn neighborhood as 2017 kept pace with the homicide total of 2016, which ended with nearly 800, the most in two decades.

Just before 1 a.m., two people in hooded sweatshirts opened fire into a crowd at a party in the 6500 block of South Drexel, hitting 20-year-old Lance A. Jefferson in the face and torso; and 37-year-old Samuel D. Head in the chest, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Jefferson, of the Washington Park neighborhood; and Head, who lived on the same block as the shooting, died at the scene, authorities said. Additionally, a 29-year-old woman suffered a graze wound to the thigh and was taken in good condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. No one was in custody for the shooting.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: At least 19 dead in city’s most violent week, including girls 11 and 12; and 2-year-old boy

By JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

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At least 19 people died from violence in one of the deadliest weeks of the year across Chicago. The victims included an 11-year-old girl caught in crossfire while playing near a South Side school; a 12-year-old girl shot while sitting in a relative’s van; and a 2-year-old boy killed when gang members fatally shot his uncle.

The 19 deaths, including the three young children, were the highest weekly total of the year so far in Chicago, matching the total from the week of Jan. 15-21. At least five homicides were reported in one day twice last week.

“One victim of one shooting is one too many, but when innocent children are caught in the crossfire of gun violence and young people have their childhood stolen by stray bullets, our consciences are shaken and our hearts are broken,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement Tuesday.

  • The 11-year-old girl died at Comer Children’s Hospital on Tuesday morning after being struck in the head by a stray bullet on Saturday night. Takiya Holmes was sitting in a van in the 6500 block of South King Drive when she was struck by what police believe was a stray bullet, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. She died about 8 a.m Tuesday after being on life support since the shooting.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: At least 10 more killed in Chicago, including 2-month-old baby and popular local rap singer

By JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire
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It was another violent week in Chicago, with at least 10 people killed last week, including three in the West Austin neighborhood alone.

The death toll included a 2-month-old girl whose death in the Humboldt Park neighborhood was ruled a homicide by child abuse; and a popular local rapper killed after getting into a fight on a CTA Green Line train near downtown.

Family members took the baby, Aliya Acosta, to a hospital on Jan. 17 after she became unresponsive in her home, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. She was later transferred to Lurie Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 2:04 a.m. Thursday.

An autopsy Friday found she died from multiple injuries caused by child abuse, and the death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office.

An Illinois Department of Children and Family Services spokeswoman said the agency is investigating allegations of abuse against the girl’s mother, father and other caregivers; while Area North detectives are conducting a death investigation.

The rapper was stabbed to death Wednesday afternoon near Metra tracks in the Fulton River District. Walter Long Jr., 24, got into a fight with someone who pulled out a sharp object about 3:20 p.m. in the 400 block of North Clinton, police and the medical examiner’s office said.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: Three teenage boys among 8 killed in Chicago as 2017 death toll rapidly approaches 60

By JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

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Three teenage boys were among 8 people were killed last week as the death toll from homicides in Chicago neared 60 just five weeks into the new year.

The shooting last week brought the homicide total to 57, and it reached 60 with a fatal stabbing on Tuesday night, according to Chicago Sun-Times records. The numbers actually show a slight decrease since 2016, when the 60th homicide was recorded on Feb. 2, six days earlier.

One of the teens, 15-year-old honor student Willie Woodus was shot and killed Friday evening as he walked home from Fenger High School in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side. Just after 5 p.m., the boy was walking in an alley in the 11400 block of South Stewart when a gray Pontiac drove by and someone inside opened fire, hitting him in the head, chest and abdomen, Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. Woodus was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead an hour later, authorities said.

About eight hours later, another 15-year-old boy, Clavonte Eubanks, died after being shot early Saturday in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood on the Far South Side. At 3:27 a.m., the teen was walking through a park in the 2100 block of East 97th Street when he heard gunshots and felt pain in his chest, police said. He ran to a home in the 2200 block of East 97th Street, where someone called an ambulance. Eubanks suffered a gunshot wound to the upper-right chest and was taken by emergency crews to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died less than an hour later. He lived in the same neighborhood where he was shot.
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