Englewood can’t understand death of Ramal ‘Pooh’ Hicks, best known for his sense of humor and cooking skills

Ramal Hicks | photo provided

Ramal Hicks | photo provided

By TYLER HOLMES
Homicide Watch Chicago

Whenever Ramal Hicks arrived at a family event, it was understood that he would be the one standing behind the grill. A beloved member of the Englewood community, he was known as much for his cooking skills as comedic nature and outgoing personality.

“My brother was a jokester – he was the jokester of the family,” said Terrance Hicks Jr., Ramal Hicks’s eldest brother. “The day before [the shooting] happened, we were having a picnic and he had a water fight with my daughter. That’s just the kind of guy he was.”

The 34-year-old was shot in the lower back and chest on June 20 around 12:45 a.m. in the 1500 block of West 69th Street, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He was pronounced dead at 3:55 a.m at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Family and friends in the surrounding area were shocked and saddened by the death of the man they called “Pooh” because Winnie the Pooh was his favorite cartoon character.
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Kenneth Whitaker found with fatal gunshot wounds on Englewood sidewalk

Kenneth D. Whitaker was found shot to death Friday morning in the Englewood neighborhood.

Officers responding to a call of shots fired in the 7400 block of South Morgan about 6:20 a.m. found the 34-year-old Whitaker on the sidewalk with gunshot wounds to the head and wrist, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Whitaker was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. He lived in the 7000 block of South Paulina.

A family member said Whitaker, a father of three, was returning home from work when he was shot three times in the head execution-style.

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

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Robert Vaughn killed, woman wounded in drive-by shooting in West Chatham

Robert Vaughn was killed and a woman wounded in a shooting early Friday in the West Chatham neighborhood.

Police said a man was fatally shot and a woman injured in a shooting in Chatham Friday. | Network Video Productions

Police said a man was fatally shot and a woman injured in a shooting in Chatham Friday. | Network Video Productions


Vaughn, 28; and a 34-year-old woman were shot just after midnight in the first block of West 76th Street, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

They were sitting in a car when a red pickup truck approached and someone inside fired shots. The woman was shot in the face and hip, and Vaughn was shot in the head, authorities said.

A vehicle sits at St. Bernard St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center after police said a man was fatally shot in Chatham Friday morning. | Network Video Productions

A vehicle sits at St. Bernard St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center after police said a man was fatally shot in Chatham Friday morning. | Network Video Productions


The woman drove them to St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center, where Vaughn was pronounced dead at 12:05 a.m., authorities said. He lived in the 200 block of South Damen.

The woman was transferred to Stroger Hospital in serious condition.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Chanda Foreman shot to death in Washington Heights attack on her 37th birthday

By MATTHEW HENDRICKSON and MITCHELL ARMENTROUT
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Police inspect a car at the scene of a mass shooting in Washington Heights late Thursday. | Network Video Productions

Police inspect a car at the scene of a mass shooting in Washington Heights late Thursday. | Network Video Productions


Chanda Foreman spent the day before her death going to work, hanging out with her cousin and preparing to go out at night.

She went to her job at Comcast early, where her co-workers had decorated her desk and held a party in honor of her 37th birthday on Thursday, her family said.

Foreman was shot and killed and four others were wounded when a gold Buick with four people inside pulled up about 9:45 p.m. in the 9500 block of South Loomis, and two gunmen opened fire from the back seat, according to Chicago Police.

Foreman was inside her car when she was shot, her mother, Cathy Geralds said. She was told another woman was shot inside Foreman’s car, and three other people were shot on the front porch of Foreman’s aunt’s home.
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Prosecutors: Fredrick Brown fatally stabbed during argument over drugs in West Garfield Park

By RUMMANA HUSSAIN
Chicago Sun-Times

Soldon Armstrong | Chicago Police

Soldon Armstrong | Chicago Police


A West Side man who already served time for a murder was charged with fatally stabbing rival Fredrick Brown during a fight about drugs last spring in West Garfield Park.

Soldon Armstrong is accused of stabbing Brown in the chest and torso March 1 in the 3900 block of West Jackson.

Brown, 25, initially walked past Armstrong, but turned around and asked him about narcotics Armstrong had taken from him, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Brian Whang said.

The two argued and eventually ended up fighting, Whang said at Armstrong’s bond hearing Thursday.
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Roommate charged with fatally stabbing Matusalem Dominguez-Gutierrez during drunken fight

By RUMMANA HUSSAIN
Chicago Sun-Times

Miguel Garcia | Chicago Police

Miguel Garcia | Chicago Police


A Back of the Yards man was ordered on $1 million bond Thursday, charged with stabbing roommate Matusalem Dominguez-Gutierrez to death after a drunken fight.

Miguel Garcia called a friend after attacking Dominguez-Gutierrez on Tuesday and said the victim wasn’t “doing too well,” Cook County prosecutors said in court.

Garcia, 43, had been drinking with Dominguez-Gutierrez and another roommate earlier that day when a fight broke out between Garcia and Dominguez-Gutierrez in the apartment, Assistant State’s Attorney Matthew Howroyd said.

Garcia threatened Dominguez-Gutierrez during the fight in the 1700 block of West 51st, Howroyd said.
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Darrell Guy Jr. found with multiple gunshot wounds in his Auburn Gresham apartment

The death of Darrell E. Guy Jr., who was found shot to death in his apartment Wednesday afternoon in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, has been ruled a homicide.

The 40-year-old Guy was found with a gunshot wound to the head in an apartment in the 8000 block of South Green at 12:18 p.m., according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Guy, who lived in the building, was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:29 p.m., the medical examiner’s office said.

An autopsy Thursday found he suffered multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Marshawn Hilson of Peoria shot to death in Marquette Park

Marshawn Hilson of downstate Peoria was shot to death early Wednesday in the Marquette Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

The 18-year-old Hilson got out of a vehicle and approached a group of males at 2:03 a.m. in the 6300 block of South Talman, ccording to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Someone in the group then pulled out a gun and opened fire, according to police.

Hilson suffered three gunshot wounds to the chest and one to the left side of the head, and was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 3:58 p.m., authorities said. He lived in the 2900 block of West Krause Avenue in Peoria.

As of Thursday afternoon, no one was in custody as Area Central detectives continue investigating.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Man gets 30 years for killing his mother, Damita Collins, during argument in their Ashburn home in 2015

By JORDAN OWEN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Andre Brown | Chicago Police

Andre Brown | Chicago Police

When Andre Brown and his mother, Damita Collins, got into an argument about his not having a girlfriend last year at their Ashburn home, he ended up stabbing her to death, according to Cook County prosecutors. And for that, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Brown was found guilty of murder on May 27 after a bench trial before Judge Matthew Coghlan, according to Cook County court records.

On Jan. 5, 2015, he stabbed the 54-year-old Collins in the chest, then slit her throat in the home they shared in the 3500 block of West 77th Place on Jan. 5, 2015, authorities said at the time.

Collins was administrator of the Trumbull Park Head Start Program at Ada S. McKinley School.

Collins’ husband was in the basement eating dinner and watching the Bulls game about 9 p.m. when he heard several loud noises upstairs, prosecutors said. He went upstairs and found his bedroom door locked, but before he could open it with the key, Brown yanked the door open and forced his way out.
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Public defender: Man accused of stabbing Jessica Hampton on Red Line train suffers from paranoid schizophrenia

By RUMMANA HUSSAIN
Chicago Sun-Times

Arthur S. Jones | Cook County Sheriff's Dept.

Arthur S. Jones | Cook County Sheriff’s Dept.


The man accused of stabbing Jessica Renee Hampton to death on a CTA Red Line train suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and had been living at a nursing home to address his mental health issues, an assistant Cook County public defender said in court Wednesday.

Arthur S. Jones, 29, has been institutionalized at least 10 times since he was diagnosed with the illness in high school. He was kicked out of DuSable High in ninth grade, defense attorney Julie Koehler told Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr.

Jones is charged with killing the 25-year-old Hampton while they were riding a southbound train together June 23.

At some point during their commute, the two, who were in a “dating relationship,” began arguing, Assistant State’s Attorney April Gonzales said.

As they fought, they moved to different cars and at the 35th Street stop, Jones lit a cigarette and asked Hampton if she was going to have his baby, Gonzales said.
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Matusalem Dominguez-Gutierrez fatally stabbed in what police say was a domestic incident in Back of the Yards

A stabbed to death early Tuesday during a domestic fight in the Back of the Yards has been identified as Matusalem Dominguez-Gutierrez, and police say a suspect is in custody.

The 30-year-old Dominguez-Gutierrez was found unresponsive with multiple stab wounds about 12:55 a.m. in the entrance hallway of a building in the 1700 block of West 51st Street, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Dominguez-Gutierrez, who lived in the building where he was attacked, was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:37 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office. An autopsy found he died of a stab wound to the thigh, and his death was ruled a homicide.

Police said the stabbing incident was domestic in nature, and a 43-year-old man has been taken into custody. Charges were pending against him Wednesday afternoon.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire