Marcus Wallace and his mother, Charlotte Wallace | photo provided
Marcus Wallace may not have have been an angel, but when he was fatally shot three years ago in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, it turned the world upside-down for those who knew him best—his mother and his young son.
“His friends say he was in a gang, but I never knew if it was true,” Charlotte Wallace said of her 23-year-old son. “I know he was no angel, but he was starting to change his life around by distancing himself from the bad crowd.”
His mother knew his other side.
“My son was a sweet and respectable young man who was working on improving himself,” she said.
Wallace has been severely depressed since her son’s death. Read more
Chicago Sun-Times Wire
At least 13 people were killed in violence in Chicago last week, and a 14th died two months after he was shot. The dead included a 311 operator who was not the intended target of the bullet that killed her just blocks from police headquarter; and a Moroccan man fatally shot in an argument over headphones.
The city employee was the innocent victim of errant gunfire in a gang-related shooting two blocks away from the Chicago Police Departments’s Bronzeville headquarters Friday afternoon, police said.
At 3:52 p.m., a 19-year-old man flagged down officers in the 3500 block of South State saying he had been shot. That’s when officers found 49-year-old Yvonne Nelson on a sidewalk nearby with a gunshot wound to the chest, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Nelson, of the 4900 block of South Vincennes, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she died at 4:33 p.m., authorities said. She had been a communications operator for 311 City Services since 2002.
The man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds to the hand and buttocks. Police said he was a documented gang member and the intended target of the shooting.
The most recent killing was a 20-year-old man shot and killed Sunday afternoon in the Park Manor neighborhood on the South Side. Gregory Carr was walking down the street in the 6900 block of South Wabash about 4 p.m. when a dark SUV pulled up and someone inside opened fire, hitting him in upper body, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Read more
A South Side man was sentenced to 24 years in prison last week for beating Juan Zavala, his sister’s boyfriend, to death at a July 4 barbecue nearly three years ago.
Alvaro Elizondo, 48, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter after a three-day jury trial on March 11, according to Cook County court records.
Elizondo beat the 41-year-old Zavala to death at a family barbecue in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on July 4, 2013, authorities said at the time.
Elizondo came to the family home in the 4400 block of South Wolcott intoxicated, and started taunting his mother and sister to call police as they had done in the past when he was drunk, prosecutors said at the time. He called his sister names and charged at her in the front yard. Read more
What police say started in an argument over a pair of headphones in the Irving Park neighborhood ended with Ashraf Sennouni fatally shot and his alleged killer behind bars without bond.
Ashraf Sennouni, 28, was fatally shot during an argument in the 4300 block of North Elston a few minutes before 11 p.m. on Monday, May 16, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Thirty-year-old Larry Russell has been charged with first-degree murder and possession of cannabis, according to police.
Russell and Sennouni got into an argument over headphones in the 4300 block of North Elston, Assistant State’s Attorney April Gonzales said at Russell’s bond hearing last week.
Russell became angry, pulled out a .25 caliber handgun and fired four times at Sennouni, Gonzales said. He was hit twice, ran across Elston and collapsed to the ground. Read more
Twenty-year-old Gregory Carr was shot and killed in a drive-by Sunday afternoon near his home in the Park Manor neighborhood on the South Side.
Carr was walking down the street in the 6900 block of South Wabash about 4 p.m. when a dark SUV pulled up and someone inside opened fire, hitting him in upper body, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Carr, who lived in the 0–100 block of East 69th Street, was shot in the upper body, and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:45 p.m., authorities said.
A South Side man has been charged with killing Prince Wilson and wounding another man during a fight in the Park Manor neighborhood early Friday.
Shaqeil Quenshaun Kimber, 23, faces counts of first-degree murder and aggravated battery for the 5:30 a.m. attack inside a home in the 6900 block of South Prairie, according to Chicago Police.
When the three “known acquaintances” got into a fight, Kimber stabbed 24-year-old Prince Wilson repeatedly in the face and body; and a stabbed 21-year-old man in the left arm, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Read more
Semial Sigle was shot to death in the Washington Park neighborhood on the South Side early Saturday.
Sigle, 30, was in the first block of West Garfield in front of Midway Liquors about 12:20 a.m. when he got into a fight with two other people, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.
During the fight, one of them shot him in the chest. Sigle, who lived in the 1800 block of South Wolcott, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:45 a.m., authorities said.
Michael Wickliffe of south suburban Harvey was shot to death early Saturday in the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side.
Officers responding to a call of a person shot found the 35-year-old in a yard in the 7900 block of South Ellis about 3 a.m., according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Wickliffe had been shot several times in the abdomen and arm.
Wickliffe, who lived in the 15700 block of Vine Avenue in Harvey, was taken to Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 3:22 a.m., authorities said.
A woman was fatally shot, and a man critically injured outside a Starbucks at 35th and State Friday afternoon. | Andy Grimm/Sun-Times
Yvonne Nelson, a “completely innocent” city 311 operator, was killed by errant gunfire in a gang-related shooting two blocks from Chicago Police headquarters in Bronzeville Friday afternoon.
The shooting came just minutes after a press conference touting a major “gang takedown,” police said.
At 3:52 p.m., a 19-year-old man flagged down officers in the 3500 block of South State Street, saying he had been shot, and they found the 49-year-old Nelson on a sidewalk nearby with a gunshot wound to the chest, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Nelson, of the 4900 block of South Vincennes, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she died at 4:33 p.m., authorities said. She had been a communications operator for 311 City Services since 2002, according to a statement from the Office of Emergency Management and Communications. Read more
Diego Uribe Cruz (left) and Jafeth Ramos | Chicago Police
Before Diego Uribe Cruz plunged a knife into his 13-year-old cousin, prosecutors said he had the boy look out the window and wait for his grandfather, who was on his way home with hot chocolate and tamales.
“Please no! Please don’t! I just want to live,” prosecutors said Leonardo Cruz cried out as he was pushed into a corner of his living room and stabbed repeatedly while the teen’s other relatives—including his 10-year-old brother, Alexis Cruz—lay in pools of blood.
After Diego Uribe Cruz’s bond hearing Friday, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez described the slaughter of the six members of the Gage Park family last winter as “horrific.”
Uribe Cruz, 22, who had allegedly come to the home with his girlfriend and a gun in tow on Feb. 2, “hung” out with the family and even ate with them before the attack Judge James Brown and Alvarez described as “pure evil.”
Uribe Cruz, the nephew of victim Maria Martinez’s ex-husband, told police he had a “lot of anger” at how she treated his uncle. Read more
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