Levon ‘CeeJay’ Averhart shot to death when gunman jumps out of vehicle and opens fire in Uptown

Young father Levon S. Averhart Jr. was shot to death Sunday morning when someone jumped out of a passing vehicle and opened fire in the Uptown neighborhood on the North Side.

The 23-year-old Averhart, who was known as “CeeJay,” was in the 1000 block of West Montrose at 6:52 a.m. when a black vehicle approached, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Someone wearing a black hooded sweatshirt got out of the vehicle and started shooting, police said.

Averhart suffered two gunshot wounds to the torso, and was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he died at 7:35 a.m., authorities said.

The father of three lived in the South Side Englewood neighborhood.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Jabari ‘Fio’ Feazell shot to death during fight with two other men in Old Town

Jabari H. Feazell was shot to death early Sunday during a fight in the Old Town neighborhood on the North Side, according to police.

Shortly after midnight, the 20-year-old known as “Fio” got into a fight involving two male suspects in the 1300 block of North Hudson, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

One of the others involved pulled out a handgun and opened fire, police said.

Feazell was shot in the head, and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said. He lived in Austin.

No one was in custody early Tuesday as Area Central detectives investigate.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

27-year-old Demica Porter shot to death near her home in Back of the Yards

Demica Porter was shot to death early Sunday just two blocks from her home in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side.

Officers responded to a call of shots fired at 12:24 a.m. and found the 27-year-old lying on the sidewalk in the 1400 block of West 54th Street, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Porter had been shot in the neck and legs. She was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she died at 1:13 a.m., authorities said. She lived in the same neighborhood as the shooting.

No one was in custody early Sunday as Area Central detectives investigated.

Porter, known as “Baby D,” had attended Maine East and Senn high schools, before studying cosmetology at Truman College.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

44-year-old Latikiya McNeely stabbed to death in Englewood

A woman found dead with multiple stab wounds early Saturday in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side has been identified as 44-year-old Latikiya K. Mcneely.

Officers responding to a call of a person down at 4:24 a.m. found Mcneely with a stab wound to the chest and two to the back in the 7000 block of South Emerald, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’a office.

She was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:39 a.m., authorities said.

Area South detectives were conducting a homicide investigation.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Jesus Bernabe stabbed to death during fight in Douglas Park alley

Jesus Bernabe was stabbed to death during a fight Saturday night in the Douglas Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

About 9:10 p.m, the 29-year-old Bernabe was sitting with several other people in an alley in the 2600 block of West 15th Street, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

A fight broke out involving a man who was not part of the group. That man at some point pulled out a knife and stabbed Bernabe in the chest and neck before running away, authorities said.

Bernabe was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:55 p.m., authorities said. His home address was not known.

Area Central detectives were conducting a homicide investigation.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Andres Davila dies a week after being shot while riding in vehicle in Back of the Yards

Andres G. Davila suffered gunshot wounds while riding in a vehicle in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the Southwest Side on August 5. A week later, he died of those injuries.

The 31-year-old Davila was riding in a vehicle at 5:44 a.m. Aug. 5 in the 2200 block of West 51st Street, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Someone outside the vehicle opened fire, striking him in the head and neck, and damaging a rear window, police said.

The driver of the vehicle took Davila to Holy Cross Hospital, and he was later transferred to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died at 11:02 p.m. Saturday, authorities said. Davila lived a few blocks away from the shooting in the Gage Park neighborhood.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Rashaad Crawford had high hopes for Back of the Yards: ‘These people don’t know what they’ve done’

By BLAIR PADDOCK
Homicide Watch Chicago

Rashaad Crowley | Facebook

Rashaad Crawford | Facebook


Rashaad H. Crawford, 23, was known as a dreamer in his Back of the Yards community. When he wasn’t working his business, he was inspiring kids on the basketball court.

He had big aspirations, not only him and his sister, but for all the kids in the community.

These kids looked up to him not only as a basketball coach, but as a mentor,” his girlfriend, Danielle Holmes, said.

But in a crime that sent shockwaves through the community, Crawford was shot in the chest and left arm on July 15 in the South Shore neighborhood. Two male suspects approached and shot him as he sat in a parked vehicle at 3:17 a.m. in the 2100 block of East 71st Street, according to Chicago Police.

He was taken to Northwestern Memorial hospital, where he died at 4:02 a.m., authorities said.

Crawford was hanging out with friends at the time of the shooting, Holmes said.
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18-year-old charged with fatal April shooting of Armani Horton in Parkway Gardens

By MITCHELL ARMENTROUT
Chicago Sun-Times

Teryion Laws | Cook County Sheriff's Dept.

Teryion Laws | Cook County Sheriff’s Dept.


An 18-year-old man has been charged with fatally shooting Armani Horton inside the Parkway Gardens apartment complex earlier this year on the South Side.

Teryion Laws faces first-degree murder charges in the 18-year-old Horton’s April 21 death, according to Chicago Police.

About 7 p.m., they were inside a building in the 6500 block of South King Drive when Laws shot Horton in the upper back, authorities allege.

Horton, an Englewood resident, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he died within the hour, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Another man, 25, was shot in the knee and was hospitalized in good condition, police said.

Laws, who was 17 at the time of the shooting and lived nearby, has not been charged with that attack, court records show.

He was arrested Thursday and ordered held on a $1 million bond by Judge Laura Marie Sullivan at a hearing on Friday. His next court date is Aug. 31.

86-year-old Donald ‘Donnie Mac’ McNamara found shot to death in his Canaryville home

Eight-six-year-old Donald L. McNamara was found shot to death Thursday afternoon in his South Side Canaryville neighborhood home.

McNamara’s daughter found him bleeding from his head just after 4 p.m. in the 4100 block of South Wallace, where he had lived for over 2 years, according to authorities and friends.

When paramedics arrived, they found a puncture wound to the back of his head, Chicago Police said.

McNamara was taken to Northwestern Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:31 p.m., authorities said.

An autopsy Friday found he died of a gunshot wound to the head and ruled his death a homicide, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Community activist Andrew Holmes, who is offering a $1,000 reward for information,” said McNamara, known to friends as “Donnie,” “didn’t deserve it. He’s 86 and we are going to do everything we can do help solve this case.”

Police are viewing surveillance video from the area in hopes of finding a suspect in the killing of McNamara, a military veteran and retired delivery driver who was the father of eight.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Jesus De La O of Vernon Hills gunned down in Noble Square when he refuses to give vehicle to carjacker

By MAUREEN O’Donnell, ASHLEE REZIN and JORDAN OWEN
Chicago SUn-Times

Jesus Angel De La O lived in northwest suburban Vernon Hills, but always had a strong connection to Chicago, and that is where he died early Thursday when he refused to turn over his vehicle to a carjackers in the Noble Square neighborhood on the North Side.

The 28-year-old was dropping off a female acquaintance in the 1200 block of North Greenview about 2:05 a.m. when another man exited a white vehicle nearby and attempted to carjack him, according to Chicago Police.

When he refused to give up his gray Infiniti, the suspect fired, striking him in the torso, police said. De La O tried to drive away, but crashed into a parked Nissan.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. An autopsy showed he died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

No other injuries were reported.

“We’re optimistic that there’s some private [surveillance] video that could have captured the incident,” Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.
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