Honorio Hernandez dies two days after being shot near his home in Back of the Yards


Honorio Hernandez, who was shot early Friday near his home in the South Side Back of the Yards neighborhood, died of his wounds Sunday.

Hernandez, 23, was on the sidewalk in the 4300 block of South Wood about 4:50 a.m. when a vehicle drove up and someone inside shot him multiple times in the chest and neck, police said.

He was unresponsive at the scene, and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:45 a.m. Sunday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in the same block as the shooting.

Police are investigating whether the shooting was gang-related.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

$1M bond for second man charged with Memorial Day weekend shooting of Ruben Feliciano

By MITCHELL ARMENTROUT
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Giovanni Rios | Chicago Police

Giovanni Rios | Chicago Police

Bond was set at $1 million Saturday for the second man charged with a Memorial Day weekend shooting that left 20-year-old Ruben Feliciano dead in Humboldt Park.

Giovanni Rios, 19, faces a first-degree murder charge for the May 24 shooting of Feliciano, according to Chicago Police. Joseph Thrane, 18, was arrested the week after the attack and remains in the Cook County Jail on a $2 million bond.

Feliciano, a car enthusiast, was driving around in his car while his three friends followed in three separate vehicles, prosecutors said.
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Second person charged with 2014 beating death of Victor Ramirez in Little Village

By MITCHELL ARMENTROUT
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Miriam Romero | Chicago Police

Miriam Romero | Chicago Police


Bond was set at $250,000 Saturday for a 22-year-old woman charged with being part of a group that beat Victor Ramirez to death last summer in Little Village on the Southwest Side.

Miriam Romero is the second person charged with murder for the Aug.31, 2014 attack that left the 23-year-old dead in the 4100 block of West 26th Street, according to Chicago Police. Alvaro Perez, 20, was charged last October and remains in the Cook County Jail on a $1 million bond, Homicide Watch Chicago previously reported.

Ramirez was walking about 5:30 a.m. that day when a group in a passing vehicle yelled gang slogans, prosecutors said at Perez’s bond October bond hearing.

The group got out of the vehicle, and beat and kicked Ramirez. When Ramirez fell to the ground, the group stomped on his head, prosecutors said.
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Jesse Diaz of Blue Island fatally shot in West Pullman

Jesse M. Diaz was shot to death early Thursday in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side.

About 3:45 a.m., the 21-year-old Diaz was shot in the head, back and arm in the 12000 block of South Prairie, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Diaz, of the 12000 block of Artesian in Blue Island, was pronounced dead 15 minutes later at Roseland Community Hospital, the medical examiner’s office said.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Taylor Lewis fatally shot, second man wounded in drive-by near his South Chicago home


By ASHLEE REZIN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Family members mourn in the 8900 block of South Houston, where a 35-year-old man was killed and a 19-year-old man was injured in a shooting early Friday, July 31, 2015. | Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times

Family members mourn in the 8900 block of South Houston, where a 35-year-old man was killed and a 19-year-old man was injured in a shooting early Friday, July 31, 2015. | Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times

Taylor J. Lewis was killed and another person was injured in a drive-by shooting near his South Chicago neighborhood home late Thursday.

Lewis, 35, and a 19-year-old man were standing outside in the 8900 block of South Houston at 11:40 p.m. when a vehicle drove by and someone inside opened fire, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Lewis, who lived in the same block as the shooting, was shot in the upper left part of his chest and was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. The younger man was shot in the leg and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.
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Prosecutor: Senator’s nephews killed for not intervening when gang member beaten, stripped


By RUMMANA HUSSAIN
Chicago Sun-Times

Deonte Logan | Chicago Police

Deonte Logan | Chicago Police

Two nephews of an Illinois state senator were killed by a gangbanger friend upset at them for not intervening when he was beaten up and stripped of his clothing at a July Fourth block party on the South Side, Cook County prosecutors said Friday.

When 19-year-old Deonte Logan lashed out at Willie Hunter and John Hunter—also gang members—they tried to make it up to him by looking for his clothes, Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Santini said.

The victims were nephews of State Sen. Mattie Hunter.

They only found a shoe, but the Missouri-based brothers and another pal drove to the 8800 block of South Bishop to give the footwear back to Logan.
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Lawsuit blames lax gas station security for 2013 shooting death of Lakeisha Tate

By REEMA AMIN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Lakeisha Tate

Lakeisha Tate

A lawsuit filed Thursday claims a Citgo gas station is to blame for the 2013 shooting death of a Lakeisha Tate, which prosecutors said stemmed from a Facebook fight.

Myree Tate filed the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against the gas station on the corner of Harrison and Homan. Tates’ relationship to Lakeisha Tate wasn’t known.

On Aug. 26, 2013, Lakeisha Tate was walking out of the gas station in the 3300 block of West Harrison when she was confronted by 30-year-old Khalila Southall, prosecutors said at Southall’s bond hearing in September 2013.

The two started fighting on the ground at the entry to the station store when Southall pulled a gun and shot Tate in the leg and torso, prosecutors said. Tate later died at Stroger Hospital.
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Wife of Loop CEO Steven LaVoie, who was fatally shot in his office, sues killer’s estate

By REEMA AMIN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Jody LaVoie, wife of Steven LaVoie, filed a lawsuit Thursday against the estate of the man who shot her husband in his Loop office before taking his own life. | Sun-Times file photo

Jody LaVoie, wife of Steven LaVoie, filed a lawsuit Thursday against the estate of the man who shot her husband in his Loop office before taking his own life. | Sun-Times file photo

The wife of Loop CEO Steve LaVoie, who died last year after he was shot by a demoted executive—who then turned the gun on himself—filed a lawsuit Thursday against the shooter’s estate.

Jody LaVoie, wife of the 55-year-old Steven LaVoie, filed the wrongful death lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against Pamela Balmes, administrator of the estate of Anthony DeFrances.

The shooting happened the morning of July 31, 2014 at the 17th floor ArrowStream office inside the Bank of America Building, 231 S. LaSalle St. Police said DeFrances had been demoted as chief technology officer six days earlier at Arrowstream, where Steven LaVoie, of LaGrange, was the CEO.

The men were in a meeting in Steven LaVoie’s 17th Floor office when co-workers outside heard shouts and three or four gunshots. Authorities said DeFrances, 60, shot Steven LaVoie in the stomach and head before turning the gun on himself.
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Police claim murder exoneree Alprentiss Nash was killed while trying to rob a man on Near West Side


By MITCHELL ARMENTROUT
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Alprentiss Nash | llinois Department of Corrections

Alprentiss Nash | llinois Department of Corrections

Chicago Police claim Alprentiss Nash, exonerated of a murder charge in 2012 after serving 17 years in prison, was fatally shot by someone he was trying to rob Tuesday afternoon on the Near West Side.

Nash, 40, was shot in the chest in the 400 block of South Paulina at 2:20 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Nash tried to rob 30-year-old Mount Prospect resident Paul Vukadinovic, “with whom he had a long drug history,” according to a police statement released Thursday.

Both men were armed and they exchanged gunfire. Nash, of the 100 block of North LaPorte Avenue, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.
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Marsean Lofton dies six weeks after being shot in West Garfield Park

Marsean Lofton died earlier this month of wounds he suffered when he was shot while driving in the West Garfield Park neighborhood in May.

About 5:25 a.m. on May 31, the 18-year-old Lofton was driving westbound in the 3900 block of West Congress when a light-colored car pulled up and someone inside fired shots, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Lofton was shot in the right shoulder and left forearm, and another person in the car drove him to Mount Sinai Hospital, police said at the time.

Lofton died at 7:13 a.m. July 17 at Weiss Memorial Hospital. He had lived in the 2500 block of West Montrose, authorities said.

Police did not have an update on the investigation Thursday night.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire