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.