Larry Lawrence remembered by fiancee as family man whose death in Gold Coast shooting ‘didn’t make any sense’

By TYLER HOLMES
Homicide Watch Chicago

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Lawrence and Williams pose with their two daughters | photo provided

Larry Lawrence, father of two girls, was a “sweet and giving man” to everyone he encountered, according to the woman he was planning to marry.

“He always helped me,” said Chasity Williams, Lawrence’s fiancée. “Our schedules were based off of each other. When I worked, he stayed with our kids. He was always so sweet.”

Lawrence and Williams had two daughters together – a 2-year-old and an 11-month-old. His family is what kept him going, according to Marisha Cotton, Lawrence’s cousin.

“He always wanted to make sure his family was safe,” Cotton said. “That was more important than anything to him. He was always a family person.”
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18-year-old Ernest Hudson fatally shot in Englewood

Ernest Hudson was shot and killed Friday afternoon, about three blocks from his Englewood neighborhood home, according to authorities.

Hudson, 18, was shot in the head about 4:30 p.m. in the 6400 block of South Lowe, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in the 6500 block of South Green.

Hudson was taken to St. Bernard Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:55 p.m., police said.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

West suburban man charged with fatal shooting of Anthony Nicholas in South Shore

Andrew Smith | Chicago Police

Andrew Smith | Chicago Police

A west suburban man has been charged with shooting a man to death less than a block from his South Shore neighborhood home Tuesday evening.
Anthony J. Nicholas, 38, was standing outside about 6:40 p.m. in the 6700 block of South East End Avenue when 33-year-old Andrew Smith walked up, opened fire and then ran away, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Nicholas, who lived on the same block, was shot in the chest, and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:40 p.m., authorities said.

Smith, of the 7900 block of Ogden Avenue in Lyons, was charged with one felony count each of first-degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, police said. He was already wanted on a warrant for failure to appear in court.

He is expected to appear in bond court Friday, police said.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Kyara Newell dies one day after being shot in Rogers Park, and suspect captured and charged with murder

By ASHLEE REZIN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Kyara Newell | Facebook

Kyara Newell | Facebook


A 40-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Kyara Newell, who died Thursday morning after being shot while riding in a car early Wednesday in the Rogers Park neighborhood.

At 12:24 a.m. Wednesday, the 26-year-old Newell was the passenger in a vehicle driving southbound in the 2300 block of West Arthur when two males on the sidewalk nearby opened fire, authorities said.

Newell was shot in the head and was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he died at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in the 6500 block of North Ashland.

James Bryant | Chicago Police

James Bryant | Chicago Police


James Bryant faces one felony count of first-degree murder and was scheduled to appear in bond court Friday, according to Chicago Police.

Rogers Park District officers apprehended Bryant “moments after the shooting,” and he was identified as the man who fired shots into the vehicle, police said.

Bryant, who lives in the 6500 block of North Claremont, was scheduled for a bond hearing Friday.

Missing Aurora man Clarence King found beaten to death in West Side yard

Clarence King, an 18-year-old man reported missing in west suburban Aurora, who was found beaten to death Saturday morning on Chicago’s West Side.

King was last seen about 8 p.m. Friday in the 900 block of Second Avenue in Aurora, where a large fight had taken place in a parking lot, according to Aurora police.

He was found dead about 9:30 a.m. Saturday in a backyard in the 4500 block of West West End Avenue, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

An autopsy found he died of multiple injuries from an assault and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office. He lived in the first block of North Sumner Avenue in Aurora.

Area North detectives and Aurora police are investigating. While it was not clear where or when King was killed, Aurora police said CHicago Police are handling the investigation. Anyone with information should call Aurora police at (630) 256-5500, and tips will be forwarded to Chicago Police.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

WEEK IN REVIEW: At least 17 people killed in Chicago, capped by bloody weekend during which more than 60 shot

By JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Chicago Police marker to a gun casing (top right)  work the crime scene Tuesday afternoon in the 7000 block of south Rockwell reports of three people shot.  | Scott Stewart~Sun-TimesChicago Police work the crime scene Tuesday afternoon in the 7000 block of south Rockwell reports of three people shot.  | Scott Stewart~Sun-Times

Chicago Police marker to a gun casing (top right) work the crime scene Tuesday afternoon in the 7000 block of south Rockwell reports of three people shot. | Scott Stewart~Sun-TimesChicago Police work the crime scene Tuesday afternoon in the 7000 block of south Rockwell reports of three people shot. | Scott Stewart~Sun-Times


While protesters continued to march across the city last week in response to the killings of black men by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota, at least 17 people died as there was no let-up in the violence in Chicago.

The bloody week was capped by a violent weekend during which 59 people were shot, seven of them fatally. Sunday alone saw 33 people shot, five of them fatally, marking the single bloodiest day in Chicago since July 5, 2015, when 34 people were shot.

  • One man was killed and another injured in a shooting Sunday night in the Austin neighborhood. Officers responding to a call of shots fired about 7:40 p.m. in the 500 block of North Lavergne found the men, both 20, with gunshot wounds inside an SUV about four blocks south, in the 100 block of North Lavergne, according to Chicago Police. Police said the driver of the SUV appeared to have run away.

    Carlos Harding, of the 4900 block of West Superior, was shot in the head and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The other man was also taken to Stroger with a gunshot wound to the leg, police said. His condition was stabilized.
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17-year-old charged with fatal shootings of hoops star Demetrius ‘DJ’ Tolliver and Dejeneba Altman last March

By RUMMANA HUSSAIN
Chicago Sun-Times

Demetrius 'DJ' Tolliver

Demetrius ‘DJ’ Tolliver


A teenager who police say is gang member was ordered held without bond Tuesday for a deadly West Garfield Park shooting that claimed the life of former Chicago High School basketball superstar Demetrius “DJ” Tolliver, and Dejenaba A. Altman in late March.

Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas said “even at his ripe young age,” 17-year-old Hajuan Hentz is a “danger” to the community.

Hentz is being charged as an adult with murder. Prosecutors said Hentz, a member of the Traveling Vice Lords, was one of four armed people who stepped out of a stolen white van in the 4300 block of West Wilcox on the afternoon of March 31, and started firing, striking Tolliver and the 33-year-old Dejenaba A. Altman.

A 16-year-old boy was also shot in the back during the incident, Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Santini said. That victim survived.

After the murders, Jabari Parker of the Milwaukee Bucks passed on his condolences to the family of his former high school basketball rival during a post-game interview.
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Man charged with fatal shooting of Aetiris Gladney, wounding of second man during house party in Austin

A man has been charged with killing Aetiris Gladney and wounding another man at an Austin neighborhood house party late Sunday.

Eric Black | Chicago Police

Eric Black | Chicago Police


Eric Black, 33, faces one count each of murder, attempted murder and unlawful use of a weapon for the 11:50 p.m. shooting in the 5000 block of West Jackson, according to Chicago Police.

Black walked up to two men and shot each of them multiple times, police allege.

The 18-year-old Gladney was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:23 a.m. Monday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived on the same block as the shooting.

The older man, who was 33, was taken in serious condition to Stroger Hospital with gunshot wounds to the chest and right leg. He wasn’t cooperating with investigators, police said.
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Suspect in custody after Anthony Nicholas fatally shot less than a block from his home in South Shore

Anthony J. Nicholas was fatally shot less than a block from his home in the South Shore neighborhood Tuesday evening.

Nicholas, 38, was standing outside about 6:40 p.m. in the 6700 block of South East End Avenue when another male walked up and opened fire, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived on the same block.

Nicholas was shot in the chest and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:40 p.m., authorities said.

Police said a person of interest has been taken into custody in connection with the shooting. Charges were pending early Wednesday.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

17-year-old Darrell Peden killed just two blocks from his West Garfield Park home


Chicago Police investigate in the 4400 block of West West End, where a 17-year-old boy was shot to death Monday night. | Network Video Productions

Chicago Police investigate in the 4400 block of West West End, where a 17-year-old boy was shot to death Monday night. | Network Video Productions


Seventeen-year-old Darrell Peden was fatally shot Monday night just two blocks from his home in the West Garfield Park neighborhood.

Officers responding about 9:25 p.m. to a call of a person shot in the 4400 block of West West End Avenue found the teen lying in the street with gunshot wounds to the torso, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Peden, who lived in the 4600 block of West West End, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:10 p.m., authorities said.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire