WEEK IN REVIEW: 16 more homicides, including woman crushed by SUV after fight over man on social media

By JEFF MAYES
Homicide Watch Chicago
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At least 16 more people died from violence last week in Chicago, including five on Sunday alone, but possibly the most shocking involved a social media dispute that got out of hand.

The victim, the daughter of a Chicago cop, had been feuding with another woman on social media, and that eventually led to a physical confrontation Friday night in the Morgan Park neighborhood.

But one of the women, who was the mother of the victim’s boyfriend’s child, did not let it go, according to Cook County prosecutors. She got into her SUV, pinned the woman against a tree, and then ran her over twice.

When it was over, 24-year-old Chynna Stapleton was charged with first-degree murder for the death of 18-year-old Tatyanna Lewis, who was struck by the vehicle just after 11 p.m. in the 11400 block of South May, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Lewis was the daughter of a Chicago Police officer.
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Cortez Brown of downstate Kankakee fatally shot in Park Manor

Cortez L. Brown of downstate Kankakee was shot to death Thursday evening in the Park Manor neighborhood on the South Side.

Brown, 29, was shot in his head at 6:37 p.m. in the 6900 block of South Indiana Avenue, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He was outside when someone who got out of a Chevrolet Equinox and fired at him, police said.

He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

26-year-old Melvin McCray of south suburban Posen fatally shot in Fernwood

A man who was fatally shot Wednesday evening in the Fernwood neighborhood on the Far South Side has been identified as 26-year-old Melvin McCray of south suburban Posen.

At 8:04 p.m., McCray was in the 10200 block of South State Street when someone got out of a vehicle and shot him multiple times, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.

No arrests have been made and Area South detectives are investigating, police said.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

No bond for man charged with beating Charles Johnson to death with liquor bottle near Green Line stop

By ANDY GRIMM
Chicago Sun-Times

Antwan McNutt | Chicago Police

Antwan McNutt | Chicago Police


A man charged with using a liquor bottle to beat 41-year-old Charles Johnson to death outside a West Englewood CTA stop last November was ordered held without bond Wednesday.

Antwan McNutt, 33, bludgeoned Johnson with a 1.70-liter bottle in full view of pedestrians near the 63rd Street Green Line stop, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Craig Taczy said at a bond hearing.

At least one passerby filmed the event with a camera phone.

“Please don’t tell me this was put on Facebook as well?” Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil asked the prosecutor.

“It was, your honor,” Taczy replied.
The video shows a man standing over the still form of another person lying on Ashland, swinging a “handle” of liquor in wide arcs and striking the victim about the head more than 20 times. Police said the attack took place around 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2016.
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Tashika Manuel-Dunbar of Forest Park shot to death in vehicle after meeting boyfriend in Longwood Manor

Tashika Manuel-Dunbar was talking to her boyfriend early Wednesday in the Longwood Manor neighborhood on the South Side when a vehicle drove by and someone started shooting.

The 35-year-old had just returned to her car at 2:44 a.m. in the 9700 block of South Morgan when another vehicle approached and shots were fired, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

It may have been a case of mistaken identity, according to family members.

Manuel-Dunbar suffered gunshot wounds to the arm and torso, and was taken to Roseland Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 4:15 a.m., authorities said.

The Prosser Career Academy graduate lived in west suburban Forest Park.

Her boyfriend, who was in another vehicle, was not injured.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

James King shot to death in street while going to visit family members in Englewood

James D. King lived on the Near West Side, but went to visit family early Wednesday in the South Side Englewood neighborhood.

He never made it. The 22-year-old was shot to death early Wednesday near his parked car in the 6600 block of SOuth Carpenter, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

King was found about 12:35 a.m. lying in the street with a gunshot wound to the chest, according to authorities.

The Near West Side resident was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 1:59 a.m., authorities said.

No one was in custody as of Thursday morning.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Pair charged with murder of Devon Almon, fatally shot while riding in vehicle on Eisenhower Expressway last fall

By JORDAN OWEN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Terreon Johnson | Cook County Sheriff's Dept.

Terreon Johnson | Cook County Sheriff’s Dept.

Two men have been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Devon Almon in the broad daylight last fall on the Eisenhower Expressway on the West Side.

Irell D. Dickens, 29; and Terreon Johnson, 27, each face one count of first-degree murder, Illinois State Police announced Wednesday.

Idrell D. Dickemns | Cook County Sheriff's Dept.

Idrell D. Dickemns | Cook County Sheriff’s Dept.


The shooting happened about noon on Sept. 29, 2016 in the eastbound lanes of I-290 at Central Avenue.

Devon Almon, 24, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a female friend after leaving the Cook County courthouse in Maywood. The vehicle was stopped at a red light when shots rang out, police said.

The driver took Almon to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, where he was pronounced dead at 12:20 p.m., authorities said.
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Jonathan Green found shot to death in street just a block away from his North Lawndale home


Jonathan Green had gone out to get breakfast for his children when he was found shot to death Tuesday morning just a block from his home in the North Lawndale neighborhood.

Officers responded to a call of shots fired about 11 a.m. in the 1100 block of South Karlov found the 34-year-old lying in the street, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Green was unresponsive with gunshot wounds to the head and torso, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:36 a.m., police and the medical examiner’s office said.

Green, a married father of seven, lived about a block away from where the shooting occurred. A family member said he had gone out to get breakfast for the family when he was gunned down.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

60-year-old Antonio Vaughn Sr. found stabbed to death in his Chatham home

A man found stabbed to death Monday morning in his South Side Chatham neighborhood home has been identified as Antonio P. Vaughn Sr.

The 60-year-old was found with stab wounds to the neck and chest inside the home in the 500 block of East 92nd Street at 11:15 a.m. Monday, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He was dead at the scene, authorities said. An autopsy Tuesday found he died of multiple sharp force injuries, and his death was ruled a homicide.

Area South detectives are investigating.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Best friends Breyon Cowans and DeShawn Johnson fatally shot while stopped for light in West Garfield Park

Breyon K. Cowans and DeShawn Johnson were stopped at a traffic light while driving early Sunday in the West Garfield Park neighborhood when someone in another vehicle started shooting, fatally wounding both men.

Cowans, 24; and Johnson, 23—best friends who, according to a friend’s Facebook post, were “never seen … without the other”—were stopped at a light about 2:35 a.m. while driving south on Cicero Avenue at Madison Street. A black Chevrolet pulled up and someone inside opened fire in their direction, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The men were both struck, but turned west on Madison Street before their vehicle struck a building and a person in a wheelchair, police said.

Cowans, of the West Garfield Park neighborhood, suffered gunshot wounds to the back and right arm, and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:09 a.m., authorities said.

Johnson, of west suburban Broadview, was also shot, and was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he was pronounced dead at 4 a.m., authorities said.

The man in the wheelchair, whose age was not provided, was taken to Stroger Hospital with injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening, police said.

No one was in custody for the shootings.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire