Great-grandfather Gene Gordon was not the intended target when he was killed in West Englewood drive-by

By ASHLEE REZIN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Gene Gordon | Facebook

Gene Gordon | Facebook


Seventy-eight-year-old Gene Gordon was shot and killed Thursday evening while walking home from a store in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, but he was not the shooter’s intended target.

About 4:45 p.m., the great-grandafather was at the corner of 68th and Hermitage walking home when a group of males in a light-colored car pulled up and someone inside fired shots, hitting him in the head, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Gordon was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died at 5:45 p.m., authorities said. A police source said the shooter was trying to hit a young man nearby.

The shooting happened a few blocks from Gordon’s home, and was returning from a store on Ashland when he was shot.
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Visually challenged Jervon Morris shot to death while playing basketball in the park he loved in Longwood Manor

Jervon Morris | Facebook

Jervon Morris | Facebook

Life was never easy for Jervon Morris. The special needs student had lost most of his eyesight by age 2, and had other physical and mental impairments.

His death was not easy either. On Memorial Day, the 20-year-old lost his life to gun violence just a block from his Longwood Manor neighborhood home on the South Side.

Morris, born with born with cataracts, lost the sight in one eye at age 1, and had lost most of the sight in the other by age 2.

But he overcame that handicap in a big way, and loved to draw, play basketball and volunteer for park programs, friends and family wrote on Facebook.

He hated when people called him blind. He could see, not as great as everyone else, but some of his shots still went in,” a relative wrote.
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Young mother Tenisha Mallett was ‘a beautiful person’ who wanted to make a better life for her and her daughter

Tenisha Mallett/Facebook

Tenisha Mallett/Facebook

By ELIZABETH CZAPSKI
Homicide Watch Chicago

Tenisha Mallett was working on going back to school, hoping to make a better life for herself and young daughter.

She attended the Austin Career Education Center, and was interested in culinary arts, her mother, Yvonne Mallett, said.

Yvonne, who recently moved to Indiana, offered to watch her then-3-year-old granddaughter, Ta’zarry, while Tenisha settled in and prepared for school. On a Thursday in February, Tenisha, 21, traveled back to Chicago.

When I took her to the train station, her daughter started crying, and then it made me cry, and it was hard for her to leave. But then she said, ‘I’ll be back next week, soon as I get settled, I’ll be back next week to get her,’” Yvonne Mallett said. “She didn’t want to leave her.”
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Death of Naisha Weems, struck and dragged by car during argument in Austin last month, is ruled a homicide

The death of Naisha Weems, who was struck by a vehicle and dragged last month in the West Side Austin neighborhood, has been ruled a homicide.

Naisha Weems | Facebook

Naisha Weems | Facebook


The 27-year-old Weems was struck during an argument at 5:06 p.m. May 17 in the 300 block of North Latrobe, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

She was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where she died at 8:54 p.m.

Autopsy results were initially listed as pending, but on Friday, the medical examiner’s office said Weems died from multiple blunt force injuries due to a motor vehicle striking a pedestrian. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Police at the time said a 28-year-old woman, whose identity was known to investigators, got into an argument that evening, then got into her vehicle and struck multiple people as she drove away.

No one else sought medical treatment following the crash, authorities said.

Police said Friday that no arrests have been made in the case, and the investigation is ongoing.

Weems was the granddaughter of the late Daniel J. Weems, a retired Chicago Police detective who died in 2013. She attended the Academy for Scholastic Achievement, and worked for Sodexo, the food service provider for the Shedd Aquarium.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire and Homicide Watch Chicago

Man charged with murder of paraplegic veteran Preston Tullos, who died after fire in his South Shore apartment

By ANDY GRIMM
Chicago Sun-Times

Freddie Polk | Chicago Police

Freddie Polk | Chicago Police


A man was ordered held without bond Thursday in connection with a fire at a South Shore apartment in January that left paraplegic veteran Preston Steven Tullos dead.

Freddie Polk set the fire around 7 p.m. Jan. 16 inside his wheelchair-bound friend’s apartment in a 10-story building in the 7100 block of South Shore Drive, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Joseph Carlson said at bond hearing.

After several hours of drinking, the two men argued and the fight turned physical, with Polk knocking the 39-year-old Tullos out of his wheelchair, Carlson said.

Surveillance video showed Polk leaving the apartment about 10 minutes before neighbors reported smoke coming from Tullos’ apartment, Carlson said.

Firefighters found Tullos, badly burned, next to a small fire in the middle of the living room. Two-thirds of his body was covered in burns, including his head, neck, chest, abdomen and back. Tullos died the following day at Stroger Hospital.
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Man fatally shoots his girlfriend, Lisa ‘LeeLee’ Fisher, then takes his own life on Chicago Skyway near Toll Plaza

By ASHLEE REZIN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

When the car pulled up to the Toll Plaza on the outbound Chicago Skyway early Wednesday morning, Lisa Fisher whispered to the attendant that she needed help.

Seconds later, about 4:11 a.m., the 49-year-old west suburban resident jumped out of the moving vehicle just past the plaza at 88th Street and tried to run.

But Chicago Police say her boyfriend, 30-year-old Christopher M. Pena also got out of the still-moving car, pulled a gun and fired several shots, striking Fisher multiple times.

She collapsed to the pavement, and as Pena went to the car, which had crashed into the concrete meridian separating the inbound and outbound lanes of I-90, police said.

A Chicago Police officer responding to the shooting saw Pena running back toward the car, authorities said. The officer told him to stop, but Pena raised the handgun and shot himself in the head.

Fisher, of west suburban Broadview; and Pena, of the West Side Austin neighborhood, were both pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. Autopsies Thursday ruled Fisher’s death a homicide, and Pena’s death a suicide.

The eastbound lanes of the Skyway were closed for over five hours, reopening about 10 a.m., as police investigated the murder-suicide.

Police said they do not know the motive for the killings.

Fisher was a graduate of the former Flower Lucy Vocational High School, and worked as a fleet maintenance clerk for Envoy Air at O’Hare International Airport. She had two grown sons and one grandchild.

Honor roll student Mishawn Green dies four days after being wounded in shooting in Englewood

Mishawn Green, a 16-year-old honor roll student, died Wednesday morning, four days after a shooting that also left another boy wounded in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.

At 4:17 p.m. Saturday, Green and a 15-year-old boy were standing in the 5500 block of South Shields, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

More then one person then approached them and opened fire, before driving off in a silver car, police said.

Green was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, authorities said.

The younger boy was shot in the left leg and was taken by family members to Comer Children’s Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, police said.

Mishawn (known as Mishawn TYG) lived in Bronzeville and was an honor roll student in the final semester of his freshman year at Phillips Academy High School. He was preparing to start a job for the summer, a family members said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses.

The author of the page wrote: “Mishawn was a beautiful, intelligent and caring young man who consistently showed commitment to his school work and his future. … He was fiercely loyal to the ones he loved and a true leader to those around him. … He was taken from us far too early with so much left to give to the world.”

The page had raised over $1,100 toward a goal of $5,000 in just 4 hours.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire and Homicide Watch Chicago

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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Antwon High killed, two other men wounded when four gunmen open fire on Near West Side street corner

A man who was killed in a shooting that left two other men were wounded Tuesday night on the Near West Side has been identified as 26-year-old Antwon High.

The shooting happened about 8:40 p.m. when four people got out of a dark vehicle in the 200 block of South Hoyne, Chicago Police said. They started shooting at the three victims, who were standing on a corner.

High was shot in the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:05 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side.

A 21-year-old man was shot in the groin and was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition, police said. A 23-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to his left knee. He was also taken to Stroger, where his condition was stabilized.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

16-year-old Demonis Johnson unintended victim of shooting that also killed Bruce Crosby in Lawndale

Sixteen-year-old Demonis Johnson was killed in the same shooting that left Bruce Crosby dead last week in the Lawndale neighborhood on the Southwest Side, but police belive the teen was not an intended target of the shooter.

Bruce 'Koboy Savage' Crosby | Facebook

Bruce ‘Koboy Savage’ Crosby | Facebook


The 20-year-old Crosby, known to friends as “Koboy Savage,” was sitting in a vehicle with a 17-year-old girl about 2:20 p.m. June 12 in the 1500 block of South Kildare, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

A dark-colored SUV pulled up and someone inside fired shots toward the vehicle, police said.

Crosby, who lived about a block away, suffered a gunshot wound to the head, and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died at 3:21 p.m., police and the medical examiner’s office said.

Johnson, who lived about a block away, who was standing on the sidewalk nearby when the shooting occurred, police said.

The boy also suffered a gunshot wound to the head, and was taken to Mount Sinai. He was pronounced dead there at 11:57 a.m. June 13. He lived about a block away from the shooting.

The girl was shot in the abdomen, and was taken to Mount Sinai in serious condition.

A police source said investigators do not believe Johnson was an intended target of the shooting.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Duan Armfield shot to death while sitting in car on block where he lived in LeClaire Courts

Duan Armfield was killed in shooting early Wednesday in the Southwest Side LeClaire Courts neighborhood where he lived.

The 34-year-old Armfield was sitting in the passenger seat of a black Jeep about 1:15 a.m. in the 4500 block of South Leclaire, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Someone walked up and fired shots into the vehicle.

Armfield suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:45 a.m., authorities said.

He lived on the same block where he was shot.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Prosecutors claim father beat 3-year-old Jazebel Aleman to death with a belt because she wouldn’t eat

By ANDY GRIMM
Chicago Sun-Times

Eduardo Aleman | Chicago Police

Eduardo Aleman | Chicago Police


A Little Village man was ordered held without bond Tuesday, charged with beating his 3-year-old daughter Jazebel Aleman to death with a belt.

Cook County prosecutors said Eduardo Aleman, 26, called 911 early Sunday after his daughter, Jazebel, stopped breathing.

When police arrived, they found Aleman in the bathroom of the apartment leaning over the girl, performing chest compressions as she lay on the floor. The girl’s body was “covered with bruises,” Assistant State’s Attorney Jillian Anselmo said.

Aleman admitted to investigators that he had beaten Jazebel in the kitchen for refusing to eat, lashing the toddler with a belt, Anselmo said.
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No bond for man charged with fatal shooting of Urban Prep Academy senior Yuri Hardy in December in Austin

By ASHLEE REZIN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Tyshaun Powell | Chicago Police

Tyshaun Powell | Chicago Police


A man charged with fatally shooting Urban Prep Academy student Yuri Hardy last year in the West Side Austin neighborhood has been ordered held without bond.

Tyshaun Powell, 20, was arrested Monday and charged with one count of first-degree murder, according to Chicago Police.

Just before 8 p.m. on Dec. 28, 2016, the 19-year-old Hardy suffered multiple gunshot wounds while walking south in the 100 block of North Central, authorities said.

Hardy, who lived in Austin, about a mile and a half from where he was shot, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:14 a.m. the next day, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Hardy was a senior at Urban Prep’s West campus, located in the University Village neighborhood. He was a competitive dancer who was returning home from a dance competition when he was shot.
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