Jose Velasquez fatally shot in Little Village

Jose Velasquez was shot to death in the Little Village neighborhood early Saturday.

Velasquez, 24, was shot in the back in the 2100 block of South Fairfield Avenue about 12:05 a.m. Saturday, authorities said.
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Autopsy: John Rainey, 52, died from ‘scuffle’ in Austin

A 52-year-old man collapsed and died after a Thursday night “scuffle” in the Austin neighborhood, authorities said.

John L. Rainey got into a fight with another man about 11 p.m. in the 300 block of North Menard Avenue and collapsed afterwards, authorities said.
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Carlos Herrera found stabbed to death in burning West Elsdon home

Carlos Herrera was found stabbed to death inside his burning West Elsdon home Thursday afternoon.

Emergency crews found 22-year-old Carlos Herrera and 49-year-old Maria Herrera inside their home in the 3600 block of West 55th Place about 2:50 p.m. Thursday, authorities said.

The blaze was initially reported as an explosion, but investigators later learned there was only a fire, according to a source.

Detectives believe the deaths may have stemmed from a home invasion, and that the fire was intentionally set, according to police. Fire officials said the cause of the fire was still under investigation.
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Police release video of suspect in Chatham shooting death of Glenn Houston Jr.

Chicago Police are asking for the public’s help to identify a man suspected in the fatal shooting of Glenn Houston Jr. in December 2014 at a Chatham grocery.

Houston, 23, was in the Eberhart Food Store at 457 E. 79th St. when a gunman walked in and started shooting about 3:15 p.m. Dec. 23, 2014, authorities said.
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Rapper Young Pappy shot to death in Uptown

Shaquon Thomas / Photo from YouTube

Shaquon Thomas / Photo from YouTube

BY MICHAEL LANSU
Homicide Watch Chicago

Chicago rapper Young Pappy, who had previously been the intended target in at least two shootings that left bystanders dead, was himself fatally shot early Friday in the Uptown neighborhood.

Shaquon Thomas, 19, was in the 4800 block of North Kenmore Avenue when gunfire erupted about 1:35 a.m., authorities said. Witnesses reported seeing a black car that may have been associated with the shooting, according to a statement from Ald. Harry Osterman (48th Ward).

The shooting happened across the street from St. Thomas of Canterbury Catholic church.

Paramedics took Thomas to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was declared dead at 2:04 a.m., authorities said.
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Kortillious Gipson charged with murder in Humboldt Park shooting death of Samuel Walker Sr.

Kortillious Gipson / Photo from Chicago Police
Kortillious Gipson / Photo from Chicago Police

BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN AND JORDAN OWEN
Chicago Sun-Times

Samuel Walker Sr. was killed just six days after his 13-year-old namesake son was murdered.

While no one has been charged with the teenage boy’s shooting, the alleged gunman in the elder Walker’s murder was arrested this week.

Walker was killed in an ongoing territorial drug dispute between two gangs in Humboldt Park and knew his shooter, prosecutors said.

Kortillious Gipson had been chasing after 34-year-old Walker and Walker’s friend on the morning of July 31, 2014, Assistant State’s Attorney Barry Quinn said.
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Comment of the Day: “He was a laid back, smooth, funny and cool dude”

Morial Ewing, 28, was fatally shot May 18 in the South Shore community. Reader Trina Davis posted this about him:

Im sorry I didn’t try harder to keep my friend inside. He was a laid back,smooth,funny & cool dude. I talked with & seen him every day.He had warm eyes & the most Goregous smile. I’M SO SICK OF THIS VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC!!!!I WANT TO HELP STOP IT, JUST DON’T KNOW HOW

Angelo Bennett sentenced to 45 years in deadly road rage shooting of gentleman’s club manager

Angelo Bennett / Photo from Cook County sheriff's office

Angelo Bennett / Photo from Cook County sheriff’s office

BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN
Chicago Sun-Times

Angelo Bennett said all he’s ever wanted to do since he was charged with murdering a gentlemen’s club manager was apologize to the slain man’s family.

He got his chance on Wednesday.

“I pray for your forgiveness,” Angelo Bennett said, looking toward Charles E. Jones’ friends and relatives. “Sincerely from the depths of my being, I am sorry.”

Before Bennett was sentenced to 45 years in prison for killing Jones and wounding Jones’ fiancee, Jones’ cousin read a victim-impact statement written by Jones’ mother.

In the statement, Jones was described as a “gentle giant” and caring “mama’s boy” who respected women while Bennett was characterized as “deceitful,” a “menace” and “bad seed.”

Jones’ fiancee Kathy Bias said since the incident May 26, 2013, she can’t close her eyes without seeing Bennett chase and try to kill her as he did after a traffic dispute on Goose Island.
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Felix Diaz killed in Irving Park shooting

Felix Diaz was fatally shot in the Irving Park community Monday afternoon.

Diaz, 29, was sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle in the 4100 block of North Hamlin Avenue when another vehicle pulled up and a gunman exited and opened fire about 2:30 p.m., authorities said.
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Ronnie Shaw shot to death in Austin

Ronnie Shaw Jr. was shot to death in the Austin neighborhood Monday night.

Shaw, 17, was walking in the 4900 block of West Erie Street when he was confronted by a male with a gun about 7:50 p.m. Monday, authorities said.

The gunman opened fire and shot Shaw in the back and leg as he tried to run away, authorities said.
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