Uncle of couple murdered month before their baby’s birth: ‘Some devastating things going on in the city of Chicago’

Wilteeah Jones and Malik Bingham/Facebook

Wilteeah Jones and Malik Bingham/Facebook

By ELIZABETH CZAPSKI
Homicide Watch Chicago

Wilteeah Jones, known to her family as “Teeah,” was “so excited” about becoming a parent, it was all she talked about, her uncle Donnie Weaver said.

In the last few months of Jones’ life, “every day that’s all you heard, was [about] her being a mom,” Weaver said. “She loved social media, so she put up something every day about counting down to the day that she was going to have her baby.”

At her baby shower, “she was so excited, she was just glowing,” Weaver said.

Jones was pregnant with a girl and already had a name picked out: Maleah Keanna, with “Maleah” made by putting “Malik” and “Teeah” together, Jones’ mother Valerie Weaver said.

Malik was her boyfriend and the baby’s father, Malik K. Bingham.

Then the unthinkable: A shooting Feb. 22 in the South Side Chatham neighborhood claimed the lives of Jones and Bingham, and their unborn child.
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Pastor calls Keyon Boyd a ‘selfless’ student and talented athlete who ‘really knew the value of serving others’

Keyon Boyd/Family photo

Keyon Boyd/Family photo

By ELIZABETH CZAPSKI
Homicide Watch Chicago

When Keyon Boyd was very young, his aunt nicknamed him “Smiley” because he was always grinning. “He was the family’s comedian,” his mother Tywone Lee said. “He was a funny, outgoing person.”

But he had a serious side as well, and was planning to use his education, faith and athletic talent to make a better life for himself and his family.

He was a young man that I could depend on if I needed anything to be done at the church,” the Rev. James Brooks, senior pastor at Harmony Community Church where the family worshipped, said. He was “just a selfless young man that really knew the value of serving others.”

Boyd, whose other nickname was “Kaydoe,” graduated from Charles Houston High School on the South Side and was planning to study at Heartland Community College.

But he was shot and killed on July 26, 2016, in the Austin neighborhood that left two other teens wounded.

The group was standing on the sidewalk, one on a bicycle, in the 100 block of North Laporte Avenue about 11:10 a.m. when at least two male suspects emerged from an alley and fired more than a dozen shots, according to Chicago Police and witnesses.
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Murder of Hector Badillo Jr. inspired ‘Moment of Silence,’ local hip-hop artist’s call to action against violence

By ELIZABETH CZAPSKI
Homicide Watch Chicago

Chicago hip-hop artist Marcus Alexander’s newest single, “Moment of Silence,” pleads for an end to gun violence in the city, and its inspiration bloomed out of personal tragedy—Alexander’s stepbrother Hector Badillo Jr. was shot and killed in East Garfield Park last July.

Hector Badillo Jr./Facebook

Hector Badillo Jr./Facebook

Badillo, also known as “Coonie,” was passionate about cars, and spent a lot of time at his father’s auto body shop working on them, especially on his treasured 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle. He also enjoyed playing cards and dominoes with his father and other employees, according to Alexander and other family members. “They were hanging out on a normal Saturday like they always do” when Badillo was killed, Alexander said.

Badillo, 31, was outside the shop while his fiancee sat in her SUV across the street about 3:30 a.m on July 2, 2016. That’s when someone walked out of an alley in the middle of the 700 block of North California and fired shots, according to Chicago Police and Badillo’s family.

He was struck in the neck and fell to the ground. The shooter then ran back down the alley.

A witness waiting outside a nearby bar for an Uber said he heard gunfire and saw a man on the ground. He said he ran to the man and tried to help him.
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Autopsy shows Diamond Turner, found dead in dumpster in Grand Crossing, was asphyxiated and struck in the head

Diamond Turner, a 21-year-old woman whose body was found in a dumpster last month in the South Side Grand Crossing neighborhood, was beaten and asphyxiated, an autopsy has shown.

Diamond Turner | Facebook

Diamond Turner | Facebook


A garbage collector found the body about 12:30 p.m. March 3 in the 7300 block of South Kenwood, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

An autopsy at the time did not rule on Turner’s cause or manner of death, but further investigation determined she died of asphyxia and blunt force trauma to the head, and her death has been ruled in a homicide, authorities said early Saturday.

Turner lived just a block away from where she was found. Her body was thought to have been there for a few days.

No arrests have been made in the case.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

19-year-old Taurean Tyler shot to death just three blocks from his home in West Englewood

A man killed in a West Englewood neighborhood shooting that also left a a 17-year-old boy wounded Monday night has been identified as a 19-year-old Taurean Dwayne Tyler, who lived less than three blocks away.

Just after 7:30 p.m., Tyler and the boy were walking in the 6900 block of South Honore when a black car approached, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

A male suspect got out of the car and shot Tyler in the chest, authorities said.

Tyler, who lived just a few blocks from where he was shot, was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The 17-year-old suffered gunshot wounds to the buttocks and leg, and was also taken to Christ Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Alleged shooter is second suspect charged with murder of Judge Raymond Myles outside his South Side home

By SAM CHARLES
Chicago Sun-Times

Earl Wilson | Chicago Police

Earl Wilson | Chicago Police


The suspected killer of Cook County Judge Raymond Myles has been charged with murder, authorities announced Thursday afternoon.

Earl Wilson, 45, was charged with one count of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Myles earlier this month, according to Chicago Police. He was ordered held without bond in the Cook County Jail at a hearing Friday.

Myles and his girlfriend were shot about 4:50 a.m. April 10 outside his home in the 9400 block of South Forest, authorities said. Myles was pronounced dead later that morning at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

A man crept up on the woman as she left Myles’ house. He took her gym bag and shot her in the leg.

Hearing the gunshot, Myles came out of the house and confronted the gunman, who shot Myles four times, killing the 66-year-old judge, prosecutors previously said.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: 14 more people killed as city tops 1,000 shootings, 180 homicides in less than 4 months

By JEFF MAYES
Homicide Watch Chicago
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Last year saw the most homicides in the city in more than two decades, and this year is on pace to equal or beat that number. It is not even the end of April and there have been more than 1,000 shootings in the city of Chicago this year, and more than 180 have been homicide victims.

At least 14 people were killed in Chicago last week, and that brought the total number of homicides to 183 as of April 25. In 2016, the city recorded its 183rd homicide on April 26.

On the same day, two people were shot, bringing the city’s gun violence toll to 1,000 victims this year, according to Chicago Sun-Times data. The milestone came on the 115th day of 2017, meaning the city is averaging nearly nine people shot per day. The bloodiest day was New Year’s Day, when 27 people were shot.

Last week’s homicide victims ranged in age from 18 to 71, and died all across the city, though the vast majority of the year’s crimes and hiomicides have occurred on the South and West sides.

The latest victim was a man killed in a shooting Sunday evening in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side. Isaiah Erasmo Sanchez, 19, was a passenger in a vehicle about 7:15 p.m. in the 800 block of North Sacramento when someone fired shots from another vehicle, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Sanchez suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was taken to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 8:33 p.m. He lived in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on the Northwest Side.
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Man found shot to death inside building in South Shore identified as 53-year-old Willy Franklin

A man who was killed in a South Shore neighborhood shooting Monday afternoon has been identified as 53-year-old Willy A. Franklin.

Officers responding to reports of a person shot at 2:24 p.m. found Franklin unresponsive in the stairwell of a building in the 6900 block of South Dorchester, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Franklin, who lived on the same block where he was shot, suffered gunshot wounds to the face and chest, authorities said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:07 p.m.

An autopsy found he died of multiple gunshot wounds, and his death was ruled a homicide.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Darlis Nkolomoni chased and shot to death near home in Roger Park

A man who was fatally shot Tuesday morning in the North Side Rogers Park neighborhood has been identified as 18-year-old Darlis Nkolomoni.

Witnesses said Nkolomoni was being chased by another male in the 1400 block of West Jonquil Terrace about 7 a.m. when shots rang out, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Nkolomoni, who lived in the same neighborhood, was discovered with a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

At 8:07 a.m., Evanston police were checking Calvary Cemetery for a man with a gun, a report that originated in Chicago, according to the department’s Twitter account. The cemetery, about half a mile from the shooting scene, reopened about an hour later after the search was completed.

No one was in custody as of Thursday morning.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Tony Britton Jr. found shot to death in SUV after crash involving three vehicles in East Garfield Park

When police responded to a crash Monday night in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, they found one of the drivers, Tony S. Britton Jr., dead of a gunshot wound.

Shortly after 7:30 p.m., the 31-year-old Britton was driving an Infiniti SUV speeding west in the 2900 block of West Washington, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. His vehicle struck a parked Hyundai Sonata, then ricocheted into a Chevrolet Malibu that was also traveling west.

After the crash, it was discovered that Britton had suffered a gunshot wound to the head, authorities said. Britton, of the North Lawndale neighborhood, was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:49 p.m.

The Malibu was driven by a 29-year-old woman, with a 31-year-old man in the passenger seat, police said. The man suffered minor injuries and was taken to Norwegian American Hospital.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Daniel Kralik sentenced to 26 years for strangling his girlfriend, Victoria McManus, during argument in 2014

By JORDAN OWEN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Daniel Kralik | Illinois Dept. of Corrections

Daniel Kralik | Illinois Dept. of Corrections


A man has been sentenced to 26 years in prison for strangling his girlfriend, Victoria A. McManus, nearly three years ago at their Humboldt Park neighborhood apartment.

Daniel Kralik, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree murder Monday before Judge Stanley Sacks, according to Cook County court records.

Kralik strangled the 26-year-old McManus, his girlfriend of two years, on May 14, 2014, authorities said at the time.

The couple had been living together at her home in the 1200 block of North Rockwell Street for two months when they got into a fight because McManus had a relationship with another man, prosecutors said at Kralik’s bond hearing.
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Man found shot to death in vehicle in Englewood identified as 39-year-old Hassan Sutton

A man found shot to death late Friday in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side has been identified as 39-year-old Hassan R. Sutton.

Officers responding to a shooting about 10:30 p.m. in the 5900 block of South Paulina found Sutton with multiple gunshot wounds in the driver’s seat of a parked SUV, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Sutton, who lived in the same neighborhood, was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:52 p.m., authorities said. His death was ruled a homicide.

Minutes later, a man was shot in the leg about a block away, but police said they are investigating the incidents separately.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Marcel ‘Cello’ Spivey Jr. of Dolton killed, second man wounded when someone opens fire into vehicle in Roseland

Marcel Javon Spivey Jr. of south suburban Dolton was killed and another man was wounded in a shooting Sunday afternoon in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side.

The men were in a vehicle about 1:05 p.m. at 97th and Yale when someone approached on foot and fired shots into the vehicle, according to Chicago Police.

Spivey, known to friends as “Cello,” was shot in the head, and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where the 21-year-old was pronounced dead at 1:23 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

A 24-year-old man was shot in the groin, and was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition was stabilized.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire