Autopsy: Susan Mangino-Watson fatally stabbed in Avondale murder-suicide

Gerald A. Watson fatally stabbed Susan Mangino-Watson then turned the knife on himself in what police are calling a domestic murder-suicide Tuesday afternoon in the Avondale neighborhood, authorities said.

The bodies were discovered in their home in the 2800 block of North Maplewood Avenue about 12:10 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said.
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Savon Davis, 16, shot dead in West Englewood

A 16-year-old boy was shot to death in the West Englewood neighborhood Tuesday morning.

Police found Savon Davis lying on the ground in the 1200 block of West 57th Street about 10:10 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said.
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Police: Killings, shootings rise in first quarter of 2015

BY MICHAEL LANSU
Homicide Watch Chicago

After consecutive years of record low murder totals, killings rose nearly 30 percent compared to the first quarter of 2014.

The 80 murders through the first three months of the year is the highest first quarter murder total since since 117 people were slain in the first three months of 2012, according to Chicago Police data.

After the unusually violent 2012, murders fell 47 percent in the first three months of 2013. The 62 killings in the first quarter of 2014 were the fewest slayings during that span since 1958.
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Angelo Bennett convicted of murder in road rage shooting of gentleman’s club manager Charles Jones

Angelo Bennett / Photo from Cook County Sheriff's office
Angelo Bennett / Photo from Cook County Sheriff’s office

BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN
Chicago Sun-Times

An Austin man was convicted Tuesday of gunning down a Far South Side gentleman’s club manager and wounding the victim’s fiancée after a traffic dispute on Goose Island.

Charles E. Jones’ friends and family applauded when Cook County Judge Carol Howard found Angelo Bennett guilty of murder and attempted murder for the May 26, 2013, incident.

Bennett claimed he shot Jones in self defense.

The judge said Jones, 42, shouldn’t have beaten Bennett in the head after Jones’ Maserati and Bennett’s Buick LaCrosse collided, but she believed the fight was over when Bennett decided to grab his .38-caliber revolver and shoot Jones twice in the face, killing him.
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Larry Peters, 65, convicted of murdering brother during argument at Englewood home

Larry Peters / Photo from Chicago Police
Larry Peters / Photo from Chicago Police

BY LEEANN SHELTON
Sun-Times Meida

A 65-year-old man was convicted of murder last week for fatally shooting his unarmed younger brother during a 2013 confrontation at their Englewood home.

A Cook County jury found Larry Peters guilty of two counts of murder following a four-day trial before Judge Thaddeus Wilson, according to court records.

Larry and Ronald Peters had lived on separate floors of a home in the 5800 block of South Shields Avenue.

Prosecutors had said that on Jan. 25, 2013, Ronald Peters yelled at his older brother to be quiet. Larry Peters responded by coming downstairs with a shotgun, prosecutors said.
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Ronnie Finch Jr. killed in West Pullman shooting

Ronnie Finch Jr. was shot to death in the West Pullman neighborhood early Sunday.

Finch, 25, was a front seat passenger in a car parked in the 12200 block of South Racine Avenue when a gunman walked up and opened fire about 1:55 a.m. Sunday, authorities said.
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Keith Stokes fatally shot in Englewood

Keith Stokes was fatally shot in the Englewood neighborhood Monday afternoon.

Stokes, 24, was driving in the 5700 block of South Morgan Street when another vehicle approached and somebody inside opened fire about 1:50 p.m. Monday, authorities said.
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WEEK IN REVIEW: Six shot dead throughout Chicago

BY MICHAEL LANSU
Homicide Watch Chicago Editor

Six men were shot to death throughout Chicago last week.

Two of the slayings happened over the weekend, when at least 15 other people were shot and wounded.

The most recent killing happened when a 25-year-old man sitting in a car in the 12200 block of South Racine Avenue was shot in the head about 1:55 a.m. Sunday, police said.
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Bulls’ Joakim Noah discusses murder of Lil Durk manager ‘Chino Dolla’

JOE COWLEY
Chicago Sun-Times

Basketball seemed to be second on the mind of Joakim Noah Saturday night.

Following the win over the New York Knicks, the Bulls big man confirmed that the manager of rapper Lil Durk, who was shot and killed early Friday, was at an event of Noah’s just hours earlier to discuss a way to get involved in Noah’s “Rock the Drop” anti-violence campaign.
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Michael Ricks fatally shot in Riff Music Lounge after argument in South Loop nightclub

Scene where Michael Ricks was fatally shot / Photo by Sam Charles
Scene where Michael Ricks was fatally shot / Photo by Sam Charles

BY Lauren FitzPatrick
Chicago Sun-Times

Michael Ricks was killed and another man was wounded when gunfire erupted inside Riff Music Lounge early Saturday in the South Loop.

Ricks was inside the nightclub in the 2200 block of South Michigan Avenue when he got into an argument about a woman about 1:20 a.m., authorities said.

The man Ricks was arguing with was escorted out of the club, but he returned with a gun a short time later and opened fire, authorities said.
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