18-year-old man charged with gunning down rapper Joshua Rayborn in drug deal gone bad in Bridgeport

An 18-year-old man has been charged with the fatal shooting of Joshua Rayborn, a father of two and rising hip-hop star, killed outside his home in the Bridgeport neighborhood on the South Side.

Emilio Chavez | Chicago Police

Emilio Chavez | Chicago Police


Emilio Chavez, 18, is charged with first-degree murder for the Sept. 18 slaying of 28-year-old Rayborn, who performed under the moniker Rate YK, according to authorities.

Rayborn was standing on the sidewalk in front of his apartment in the 2900 block of South Arch Street at 11:34 p.m. that night, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Shots were fired and Rayborn was struck in the chest, authorities said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
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Simone ‘Coco’ McKay shot to death on her front porch, just blocks from Chicago State, where she was a student

By MATTHEW HENDRICKSON, ASHLEE REZIN and JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times

Simone 'Coco' Mckay | Facebook

Simone ‘Coco’ Mckay | Facebook

Simone D. McKay, a young mother of two, was found shot to death early Sunday on the front porch of her home in the Rosemoor neighborhood, just blocks away from Chicago State University, where she was a student.

Officers responded to a call of a person shot shortly after midnight and found the 26-year-old unresponsive on the porch of her home in the 9600 block of South Forest, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

She had been shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:13 a.m., authorities said.

Her neighbors described hearing a single loud shot. Some thought it could be thunder or a lightning strike, but soon after, the block was filled with police vehicles and investigators began knocking on doors.

One man, who watched the scene from his porch, said he couldn’t believe that the victim was the “clean cut, put together woman” he frequently saw coming and going.
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Popular teacher at Waldorf School caught in gang crossfire while walking to dinner with husband in Rogers Park

By MATTHEW HENDRICKSON
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Cynthia Trevillion | Chicago Waldorf School Community

Cynthia Trevillion | Chicago Waldorf School Community


Shocked by the death of Cynthia Trevillion, a longtime Chicago teacher who was killed by a stray bullet Friday night in Rogers Park, her North Side community is looking to honor her memory.

The 64-year-old Trevillion was walking with her husband to meet friends for dinner. They were only about four blocks from home when they were caught in gang crossfire about 6:30 p.m. in the 6900 block of North Glenwood, authorities said.

Someone in a dark-colored SUV opened fire on two juveniles standing on the street near the CTA’s Morse Red Line station, according to Chicago Police.

Trevillion was struck in the neck and head, and died after being taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Trevillion worked as a middle school math teacher at Chicago Waldorf School, where she was a member of the faculty for more than 30 years, Administrative Director Luke Goodwin said.
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Only 18, Romaine Elkins was a role model who looked out for family and friends in his own ‘Elkins way’

By ANALISA TROFIMUK
Homicide Watch Chicago

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Romaine Elkins | photo from Facebook 

Romaine Elkins’ last words to his cousin and best friend, Lawante Montgomery, were, “I love you,” not long before he was shot and killed on the evening of June 9 in the Austin neighborhood.

Elkins, 18, was standing in 1500 block of North Linder when he was fatally shot, according to Chicago Police.

Before moving to the west suburban Naperville, Elkins was a Chicago resident. He attended Chicago Jesuit Academy, where he played cymbals and bass drum under the direction of Isaiah Spencer.

Spencer has taught percussion for 20 years and currently teaches at New Trier High School in Winnetka. He taught Elkins at CJA from about 2011 to 2013. According to Spencer, Elkins was always the comedian and leader in the drumline.

Elkins “proclaimed” to his classmates that he was the funny guy, according to Spencer, who called him a genuinely nice guy whom younger students and his two younger brothers looked up to as a role model.
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Stephen McCray, who performed rap as Busta Reckless, fatally shot near his home in South Chicago

Stephen J. McCray, who performed rap under the name stage name Busta Reckless, was shot to death near his home in the South Chicago neighborhood Saturday evening.

The 25-year-old McCray was standing outside his home at 5:54 p.m. in the 7900 block of South Manistee, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Someone came up and fired shots, striking McCray in the chest, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m.

McCray rapped under the name Busta Reckless. Someone on his facebook page wrote that he “was one talented driven man, trying to make it in the industry with little support.”

Area South detectives are investigating.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Antonio ‘Tone’ Barrett shot to death while walking near his home in South Shore

Antonio “Tone” Barrett was shot to death in the South Shore neighborhood Thursday evening, only a few blocks from where he lived on the South Side.

The 30-year-old Barrett was walking at 68th and Stony Island about 4:45 p.m., Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

My son’s life was ended due to gun violence in the city of Chicago,” his father, Michael Adams, wrote on a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for funeral expenses.

My son was enjoying the weather in his neighborhood when someone pulled up and shot him in the face and head,” he wrote.

Police said someone walked up to Barrett, pulled out a gun and fired, striking him in the head.

He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he died at 6:53 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

Area central detectives are investigating.

Barrett was the father of a five-year-old son.
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Bicyclist with rifle fatally shoots Lydell Wilson as he sits in vehicle near home in North Lawndale

A person riding a bicycle and carrying a rifle fatally shot Lydell Wilson Thursday morning about a block from his home in the West Side North Lawndale neighborhood.

The 32-year-old Wilson, known as “BooBay,” was sitting in a van just after 10 a.m. in the 1300 block of South Troy when a bicyclist rode up, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The bike rider the pulled a rifle out of a backpack and opened fire, striking Wilson several times.

He was hit multiple times in the chest and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died at 10:29 a.m., authorities said.

— Chicago Sun-Times Wire

19-year-old Rodney Wilson fatally shot during argument in Bronzeville

Rodney Wilson was was fatally shot in the chest during an argument in the Bronzeville neighborhood hood Tuesday night.

The 19-year-old Roseland neighborhood resident was sitting in a vehicle in the 4700 block of South Forrestville just after 8 p.m., Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Someone walked up to the vehicle and an argument ensued, police said. The other person fired shots that struck Wilson in the chest then ran away.

Wilson drove himself to Provident Hospital before we was transferred to Stroger Hospital. He was pronounced dead there at 7:23 a.m. Wednesday.


—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Elizabeth Kennedy killed, two men wounded in stabbing attack police call ‘domestic altercation’ in Marquette Park

Elizabeth Kennedy was killed and two men were wounded in a stabbing attack Saturday night in the Marquette Park neighborhood, an incident police called a “domestic altercation” on the block where she lived.

The 36-year-old Kennedy was stabbed in the chest at 5:42 p.m. in the 3300 block of West Marquette, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

She was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she was pronounced dead at 7:40 p.m., authorities said.

Kennedy lived on the same block, a generally quiet area on the Southwest Side. A source said Kennedy may have been trying to break up the altercation when she was stabbed.

A 34-year-old man was stabbed in the arm and was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, police said. Another man, 75, also suffered a stab wound to the arm, but declined to be taken to a hospital.

Police said charges are pending against a “male offender,” who ran away after the fight but was taken into custody a short time later.

Area Central detectives are conducting a homicide investigation.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Edward Duling found shot to death in parking lot on block where he lived in South Shore

Edward Duling was found shot to death late Wednesday in a parking lot on the block where he lived in the South Shore neighborhood.

Officers responded at 11:15 p.m. to a call of a person shot and found the 29-year-old lying in a parking lot in the 7800 block of South Cornell, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Duling had suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the head and body, and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. He lived on the same block.

Area South detectives are conducting a homicide investigation.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

WEEK IN REVIEW: North Side teacher and South Side college student among 16 people killed last week

At least 16 people were killed during the week of October 9-15 in Chicago, including two school employees who died in separate incidents in the Far South Side Rosemoor and Far North Side Rogers Park neighborhoods.

Soimone 'CoCo' Mckay | Facebook

Soimone ‘CoCo’ Mckay | Facebook

Simone D. McKay, 26, was shot to death early Sunday morning on her porch in the 9600 block of South Forest in the Rosemoor neighborhood, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. She was shot in the head and was pronounced dead at 12:13 a.m., authorities said.

McKay was a part-time employee of the CPS Office of Early Education and was a senior biology major at Chicago State University. She was also a single mother of two young children.

Another shooting victim, Cynthia Trevillion, 64, was caught in gang crossfire in the 6900 block of North Glenwood in the Rogers Park neighborhood at about 6:30 p.m. Friday, authorities said.

Cynthia Trevillion | Chicago Waldorf School Community

Cynthia Trevillion | Chicago Waldorf School Community

Trevellion and her husband were walking to meet friends for dinner when she was struck in the head and neck. She was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, where she died at 7:18 p.m.

Tevellion was a math teacher at the Chicago Waldorf School, where she had taught for the last 14 years.

Other homicides last week included:

  • A 26-year-old man was fatally shot Sunday afternoon in the South Side Gresham neighborhood. Reno D. Wooldridge suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and arm at 12:33 p.m. in the 8300 block of South Justine, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Wooldridge was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died half an hour later. He lived on same block as the shooting.

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19-year-old Terrence Lipsey shot to death a block away from his home in Austin

Terrence Lipsey was fatally shot Monday night in the West Side Austin neighborhood.

The 19-year-old Lipsey was standing on the sidewalk in the 200 block of North Mason when another male walked up and opened fire, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Lipsey was struck in the head, and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died at 4:37 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said.

He lived about a block away from where he was shot.
—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Justin Gilbert and Trevail ‘Trey’ Ridgell shot to death in drive-by while sitting in van in South Shore

Justin Gilbert and Trevail ‘Trey’ Ridgell were shot to death Saturday night when someone in a passing vehicle opened fire on their van, which was parked in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side.

The 17-year-old Ridgell and 19-year-old Gilbert were sitting in the parked van about 10:25 p.m. in the 8900 block of South Union, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examioner’s office.

Someone fired shots at them from a passing gray sedan and both were struck multiple times. They were pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

Both victims lived about a block away from the scene of the shooting.

A YouCaring page has been set up to help with funeral expenses for Ridgell’s family.

Area South detectives are investigating.

Ridgell was a popular student at Phillips High School, where he performed with the drum line and was known for his sense of humor, friends said.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire