Christopher Cage charged with murder in West Pullman shooting death of Mayron Collier

Christopher Cage / Photo from Chicago Police
Christopher Cage / Photo from Chicago Police

Christopher Cage has been charged with murder for a West Pullman shooting that left Mayron Collier dead and another man critically wounded early Thursday, authorities said.

Collier, 24, and the other man were both shot in the head near East 119th Street and South Yale Avenue about 2:05 a.m. Thursday, authorities said.
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Prosecutors: Willie Mims used stolen van in Englewood drive-by that killed Dearies Arnold

Willie Mims / Photo from Cook County Sheriff's office
Willie Mims / Photo from Cook County Sheriff’s office

BY MICHAEL LANSU
Homicide Watch Chicago Editor

A man already in jail awaiting trial for possession of a stolen vehicle has now been charged with murder after prosecutors claim he used the vehicle in an August 2014 Englewood drive-by shooting that killed Dearies Arnold.

Arnold, 26, was standing in the 7100 block of South Green Street on Aug. 11, 2014, when a dark minivan approached and Willie Mims fired ten to 20 shots through the open driver’s side window, said Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Cooper.
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Israel Pena fatally shot in Bridgeport

A Rockford man was shot to death early Thursday in the Bridgeport neighborhood.

Police found 20-year-old Israel C. Pena on the ground in the 1200 block of West 32nd Street about 3 a.m. Thursday, authorities said.
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Mayron Collier killed in West Pullman shooting

Mayron Collier was killed in a West Pullman shooting that left another man critically wounded early Thursday.

Collier, 24, and the other man were both shot in the head near East 119th Street and South Yale Avenue about 2:05 a.m. Thursday, authorities said.
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Alexander Villafane, 39, dies after Little Village shooting

Alexander Villafane died after being shot Sunday in the Little Village neighborhood.

Villafane, 39, was standing next to a vehicle in the 3500 block of West 24th Street when a minivan drove past and somebody inside opened fire about 12:50 p.m. Sunday, authorities said.
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Comment of the Day: “Laws are broken by criminals, and the punishment is a joke”

Tyrese Bell allegedly fatally shot 51-year-old cab driver Chinedu Madu during a Jan. 8 robbery in the North Lawndale neighborhood, prosecutors said. Bell was on probation for a previous conviction at the time of the killing. Reader “Juan” posted this about the killing:

I’m still trying to figure out why he was out of prison? The justice system is full of injustice. Laws are broken by criminals, and the punishment is a joke. My sincere condolences to the family and friends of this senseless act of violence.

Sister: Slain teen Jose Hernandez worked to help family, friends

Jose Hernandez / Family photo

Jose Hernandez / Family photo

BY CHANTELLE NAVARRO
Homicide Watch Chicago

When Jose Hernandez Jr. wasn’t in school, he was working as a forklift operator to support his parents, family said.

Police found Hernandez, 17, shot in the head on a sidewalk in the 5900 block of South Fairfield Avenue about 1:15 a.m. Dec. 17, authorities said. He was declared dead a short time later at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Family members said Hernandez was coming home from work when he was shot to death outside his Chicago Lawn home.
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Comment of the Day: “I am outraged at what has become OK in the eyes of common human decency”

Scott Diase, 15, was charged with murder in the Jan. 17 shooting death of 18-year-old Bernard Pippen in the Auburn Gresham community. Reader “Pissed off” posted this about the killing:

This young man needs to get whatever he has coming … I knew Bernard and can say he was not at all a bad young man…what has happened to our young men and women when they think taking someone’s life is ok??
I am outraged at what has become ok in the eyes of common human decency…
These young kids should be tried as adults and lock them all up Please so the rest can live not in fear but peace….prayers go out to his family…

ANALYSIS: 75 to 80 percent of Chicago murders happened outdoors since 2001

BY KENNY NGUYEN
Homicide Watch Chicago

While Chicago has seen a steady decline in murders since the turn of the century, where those killings happen have remained relatively unchanged.

Chicago Police reported 6,944 murders between 2001 and 2014, according to city data. About 78 percent of those killed happened outside.

In 2001, about 75 percent of the city’s 666 murders happened outdoors. In 2005, the total number of killings fell to 453, with about 77 percent happening outside. In 2009, 81 percent of the city’s 459 slayings happened outdoors.
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