Man charged with fatally stabbing wife’s godbrother, Lamar Watson, during argument in North Lawndale home

By JORDAN OWEN
Chicago Sun-Times

Byron Johnson | Cook County Sheriff's Dept.

Byron Johnson | Cook County Sheriff’s Dept.


A 45-year-old man has been charged with stabbing his wife’s godbrother, Lamar Watson, during an argument with his wife about six weeks ago in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side.
Byron Johnson faces one count of first-degree murder, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

At 8:47 a.m. Oct. 25, Johnson was arguing with his wife inside their home in the 1400 block of South Avers when his wife asked him to leave, prosecutors said. She began packing up his belongings and asked her two sons to keep him out of the bedroom.

Johnson became angry that his wife’s godbrother, the 39-year-old Watson, was helping her, so he hit Watson with a crutch, prosecutors said.

Watson suggested they go outside, where they got into a fist fight, which continued back inside the home, prosecutors said.
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Promising boxer Ed ‘Bad Boy’ Brown fatally wounded, his cousin injured, in shooting near his Garfield Park home

By JON SEIDEL, MATTHEW HENDRICKSON and STEFANO ESPOSITO
Chicago Sun-Times

Ed “Bad Boy” Brown, 25, is the latest victim of Chicago’s violence. The Garfield Park native who wore a Chicago flag uniform whenever he left town to fight was gunned down early Saturday within half a mile of his home, according to police and his co-manager. | Provided photo

Ed “Bad Boy” Brown, 25, is the latest victim of Chicago’s violence. The Garfield Park native who wore a Chicago flag uniform whenever he left town to fight was gunned down early Saturday within half a mile of his home. | Provided photo


The man who helped mold him into a 20-0 professional boxer said “he was going to be a world champion,” but instead, 25-year-old Ed “Bad Boy” Brown is one of the latest victims of Chicago’s violence.

The child of Garfield Park, who wore a Chicago flag uniform whenever he left town to fight, was shot early Saturday within half a mile of his home, according to Chicago Police and his co-manager, Mike Cericola.

Brown was sitting in a parked vehicle with his a 19-year-old woman about 1:10 a.m. in the 3200 block of West Warren Boulevard when a silver vehicle pulled up and someone inside shot at them, police said. Brown was struck in the head, and the woman, his cousin, was hit in the left leg. Both were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.
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Masked gunman attacks Curtis Nowells while he walks in a park in the East Hyde Park neighborhood

A man who was fatally shot by a masked gunman Friday afternoon while walking in a park in the East Hyde Park neighborhood has been identified as 33-year-old Curtis Nowells.

At 2:50 p.m., the 33-year-old Nowells was walking in Cornell Park in the 5400 block of South Cornell. That’s when someone wearing a mask walked up from behind and opened fire before running to a nearby car and driving away, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Nowells was found unresponsive by officers and pronounced at the scene at 3:04 p.m., authorities said. He lived in the 1900 block of East 73rd Place in South Shore.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Bartiomiej Barczyk stabbed to death duing argument with another man in Jefferson Park

Bartiomiej R. Barczyk was stabbed to death Saturday night during an argument with a man in a Jefferson Park building on the Northwest Side.

The 40-year-old Barczyk was stabbed in the chest inside a building in the 5500 block of West Higgins by another man during an argument at 11:37 p.m., according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Barczyk, of the 1600 block of West Greenleaf, was taken to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he was pronounced dead at 12:44 a.m. Sunday, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Police said the stabbing was domestic-related and a suspect was taken into custody. However, police said Monday afternoon that person had been released without being charged with a crime.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

22-year-old Deangelo Martin fatally shot while standing with group of people in Englewood

Deangelo Martin was fatally shot early Sunday in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.

Shortly before 2 a.m., the 22-year-old was standing with a group of people in the 7300 block of South Yale. Gunfire erupted and Martin was shot multiple times in the neck, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

A friend took him to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 2:52 a.m., authorities said. He lived in the 8100 block of South Coles.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Man found fatally shot in East Garfield Park identified as 19-year-old Marqual Donell Bailey

A man who was shot to death early Thursday in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side has been identified 19-year-old Marqual Donell Bailey.

Officers responding to reports of shots fired at 1:16 a.m. found Bailey with gunshot wounds to the head and chest in the 300 block of South Whipple, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Bailey was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:32 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office. He lived in the 3000 block of West Washington, just a few blocks from where he was shot.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Man shot to death before crashing vehicle in Burnside identified as Mandle Lee Johnson III of Perry, Georgia

A Georgia man who died after being shot while driving Wednesday morning in the South Side Burnside neighborhood has been identified as Mandle Lee Johnson III.

Johnson, 25, was driving about 6:20 a.m. and crashed his vehicle into a bus shelter in the 9300 block of South Cottage Grove, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He had been shot three times in the lower abdomen and once in the lower back, police said. He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 7:15 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office. He lived in the 1000 block of Kingston Road in Perry, Georgia.

Johnson did not suffer any injuries from the crash and there were no passengers in the vehicle, police said. An autopsy Thursday found he died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide.

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

Johnson was known for “his contagious joy, gigantic smile, never-ending love, and compassion for those around him,” the founder of the page wrote.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Reginald Smith found with fatal gunshot wounds in parking lot in Chatham

A man who was fatally shot Thursday evening in the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side has been identified as 48-year-old Reginald G. Smith.

Smith was found unresponsive at 7:33 p.m. in a parking lot in the 7800 block of South Cottage Grove, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 8:28 p.m., according to authorities.

Smith lived in the 6600 block of South Woodlawn.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Insurance agent/community activist Ronald Allen of Naperville shot to death while driving in North Austin

A well-known and respected west suburban businessman was shot to death while driving in the North Austin neighborhood early Friday on the West Side, but police are uncertain whether Ronald L. Allen was the intended target.

Allen, who grew up in the Austin neighborhood, 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 relationssip between police and communities with the group Urban Partnership.

Family members said on Facebook that Allen, 73, was returning from playing cards with friends the night he he was shot.

At about 2:20 a.m. in the 1300 block of North Laramie, someone opened fire on his vehicle and he was struck 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 at 2:43 a.m., authorities said. It wasn’t clear whether he was the intended target.

Allen, who lived in the 2800 block of Bond Circle in Naperville, had founded the A. Allen Insurance Agency in Austin. A graduate of Chicago State University, he also hosted a radio show called “The Financial Forum” on WVON-AM. He also 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 with friends in his old neighborhood. He loved the game Bid Whist so much that he even wrote a book, “The Evolution of Bid Whist,” on the history and strategy of the popular game.

—Homicide Watch Chicago

Man charged with fatal shooting of sister’s boyfriend because he thought Lamont Alexander had been beating her

By JORDAN OWEN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Alonzo Redditt | Cook County State's Attorney's office

Alonzo Redditt | Cook County State’s Attorney’s office


A man who received a call claiming his sister had been beaten has been charged with fatally shooting her boyfriend, Lamont Alexander, in the North Lawndale neighborhood a year ago.

Alonzo Redditt, 21, faces one count of first-degree murder for the Dec. 4, 2015, shooting of the 23-year-old Alexander, according the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

Redditt got a call saying that his sister had been beaten by her boyfriend, Alexander, and went to confront him, prosecutors said during Redditt’s bond hearing Thursday.

The men got into a fight shortly before 4 p.m. in the street in the 4100 block of West 21st Street. Another man approached and grabbed Alexander from behind, pulling him away from Redditt, police and prosecutors said.

Redditt then pulled out a handgun and hit Alexander three times in the face, before shooting him in the head, prosecutors said.
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