Comment of the Day: “Whatever his story was, he was still someone’s child, brother, cousin, father”

Police found the body of a homeless man inside a Northwest Side garbage bin Oct. 14. He was later identified as 45-year-old Joseph Kamen. Reader “Anonymous” posted this about the killing:

The police said they are certain he was a homeless man. But whatever his story was, he was still someone’s child, brother, cousin, father(?).
Very sad. I hope they can identify him.

Prosecutors: Aaron Smith beat Anthony Morris to death for stealing drugs

Aaron Smith / Photo from Chicago Police
Aaron Smith / Photo from Chicago Police

BY MICHAEL LANSU
Homicide Watch Chicago Editor

Aaron Smith was ordered held on $1 million bond Tuesday after prosecutors claimed he beat Anthony Morris to death in the Park Manor neighborhood in March.

On March 26, Morris met Smith to buy marijuana in the 7000 block of South Vincennes Avenue, but instead Morris decided to steal “a large quantity of marijuana,” said Assistant State’s Attorney Colleen Rogers.
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Comment of the Day: “To move into a new area and someone gun you down isn’t [fair]”

Travis Wright was fatally shot early Saturday in the Roseland neighborhood. Reader Kisha Jones posted this about him:

My little brother didn’t deserve this. He had a great future playing football ahead of him. To move into a new area and someone gun you down isn’t far. May he rest in peace

WEEK IN REVIEW: Six killed in Chicago violence

BY MICHAEL LANSU
Homicide Watch Chicago Editor

Four people were shot to death, one man was fatally stabbed and another was beaten and strangled last week in Chicago.

Three of the six murder victims were fatally shot over the weekend, when at least 19 other people were wounded by gunfire.

The most recent killing happened when 18-year-old Alexandra Burgos was shot in the head while sitting in an apartment in the 5300 block of West Oakdale Avenue when gunfire erupted outside about 12:35 a.m., authorities said.
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Prosecutors: Erika Jett fatally stabbed Rodney Wilson during domestic fight in Austin area

Erika Jett / Photo from Cook County Sheriff's office
Erika Jett / Photo from Cook County Sheriff’s office

BY BRIAN SLODYSKO
Chicago Sun-Times

Erika Jett was ordered held on $500,000 bond Sunday after prosecutors claimed she fatally stabbed her boyfriend during a Thursday night fight in the Austin neighborhood.

Jett, 29, and her 30-year-old boyfriend, Rodney Wilson, got in a heated argument on Thursday night at their home in the 5100 block of West Fulton Street, said Assistant State’s Attorney Andres Almendarez.
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Alexandra Burgos killed in Belmont Craign shooting

Alexandra Burgos was fatally shot in a Belmont Cragin apartment early Sunday.

Burgos, 18, was sitting in the apartment in the 5300 block of West Oakdale Avenue when shots were fired outside about 12:35 a.m., authorities said.
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Genorel Martin fatally shot in West Englewood

Genorel Martin was fatally shot in the West Englewood neighborhood early Saturday.

Martin, 24, was opening the door to his apartment building in the 6700 block of South Throop Street when a gunman approached about 1 a.m. and shot him near the vestibule, authorities said.
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Travis Wright found shot to death in Roseland

Scene where Travis Wright was shot / Photo from NVP
Scene where Travis Wright was shot / Photo from NVP

Travis L. Wright was found shot to death early Saturday near his Roseland home.

Police responding to a call of shots fired found Wright, 21, in the back seat of a black car in the 9300 block of South Wentworth Avenue about 12:25 a.m., authorities said.
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Erick Horton charged with murder in Chatham shooting death of Nigell Vazquez

Erick Horton / Photo from Chicago Police
Erick Horton / Photo from Chicago Police

BY LEEANN SHELTON
Sun-Times Media

Erick T. Horton has been charged with murder in the September shooting death of Nigell Vazquez in the Chatham neighborhood.

Vazquez, 22, was standing on a porch in the 8600 block of South Ingleside Avenue when two people walked up and started shooting about 8:30 p.m. Sept. 4, authorities said.
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Three charged in Jefferson Park beating death of Josepth Kamen

Jake Tate / Photo from Chicago Police

Jake Tate / Photo from Chicago Police

BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN
Chicago Sun-Times

A 45-year-old homeless man was strangled, beaten and sodomized by three other vagrants because one of the attackers thought he had stolen his cell phone, prosecutors said Friday.

After Joseph Kamen was repeatedly stomped on, he was thrown into a Dumpster on the Northwest Side sometime between Monday night and early Tuesday morning, authorities said.

His badly injured body was discovered by a resident the next day.
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