Gang member charged with killing David Martinez, wounding teen in January 2016 shooting in Little Village

By JORDAN OWEN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Lamar Baker | Chicago Police

Lamar Baker | Chicago Police

A man has been charged with killing 19-year-old David Martinez and wounding a teenage boy in a shooting a year and a half ago in the Southwest Side Little Village neighborhood.

Lamar Baker, 19, is charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

Just after 5 p.m. on Jan. 25, 2016, Baker and two men were driving in a vehicle in the 3000 block of South Kedvale when they passed by Martinez and a 17-year-old boy, prosecutors said.

Martinez and the teen recognized Baker and the two men as rival gang members, and the groups flashed gang signs at each other, prosecutors said.

Baker and the other two men drove around the block and into an alley, prosecutors said. Baker got out of the car, walked to the end of the alley and hid in some bushes.
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Man charged with killing elderly parents, Shirley and Johnnie Ervin, had history of violence against the couple

By ANDY GRIMM
Chicago Sun-Times

Dexter Barnes | Chicago Police

Dexter Barnes | Chicago Police


A 47-year-old man stabbed his parents—Shirley Ervin and Johnnie Ervin—to death inside the couple’s home in the Austin neighborhood over the weekend, Cook County prosecutors said in court Tuesday.

Around 1 a.m. Sunday, Dexter Barnes brushed past his brother and another witness in the gangway of the two-flat where his 69-year-old mother and 73-year-old father lived in the 1400 block of North Leclaire Avenue.

When the brother went inside, he found the couples’ bodies lying on the kitchen floor, a dozen knives scattered beside them, alongside a bloody mop and paper towels, Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Santini said.

Johnnie Ervin had been stabbed 11 times, and his intestines hung from his sides; a “portion” of his intestines were found in the sink, Santini said.

“I think the unimaginable facts speak for themselves,” Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. said at the bond hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse. “You will be held, no bond.”
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Deandre Robinson found with fatal gunshot wound on sidewalk in Humboldt Park

Deandre Robinson was killed early Monday in a shooting in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side.

Officers responded about 2:30 a.m. to a call of a person shot in the 1000 block of North Lawndale. They found the 33-year-old Robinson lying face down on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to the back, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Robinson, 33, of the Austin neighborhood, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Henderson shot to death in drive-by while walking in North Lawndale

Joseph Henderson was killed early Monday in a drive-by shooting in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

The 25-year-old Henderson, known as “Bossman Jo Jo,” was walking about 1:45 a.m. in the 1800 block of South Kildare, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

A black-colored car pulled up and someone inside fired shots in his direction, police said.

Henderson was struck in the back and was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:11 a.m., authorities said.

Henderson, who lived in the South Chicago neighborhood, was the father of a young daughter.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Man charged with fatally stabbing his elderly parents, Shirley and Johnnie Ervin, inside their Austin home

By ASHLEE REZIN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Dexter Barnes | Chicago Police

Dexter Barnes | Chicago Police


A man has been charged with stabbing his elderly parents—Shirley Ervin and Johnnie Ervin—to death early on Father’s Day in their Austin neighborhood home on the West Side.

Dexter Barnes, 47, faces two felony counts of first-degree murder, according to Chicago Police. A police source said the victims were his parents.

“They didn’t bother no one,” said a neighbor, one of more than a dozen people gathered on the block outside the crime scene early Sunday.

About 1:10 a.m. Sunday morning, one of the couple’s three sons returned home to the 1400 block of North LeClaire and found his parents with multiple stab wounds to their bodies, authorities said. He then called police.

His parents—69-year-old Shirley Ervin and 67-year-old Johnnie Ervin—were pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. Autopsies Monday found both died of multiple sharp force injuries, and their deaths were ruled homicides.
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16-year-old Jaquarius Davis fatally shot in drive-by on block where he lived in North Lawndale

Sixteen-year-old Jaquarius Davis was killed Sunday evening in a drive-by shooting on the block where he lived in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side.

Jaquarius was standing outside at 7:23 p.m. when a red four-door car drove up in the 1200 block of South Avers, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Someone inside fired shots and the boy was hit, police said.

Jaquarius was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:56 p.m., authorities said. He lived on the block where he was shot.

An autopsy Monday showed he died of a gunshot wound to the torso.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Christian Fulgham shot to death in what police believe may have been a road rage incident in Chatham

Christian Kihal Fulgham was shot to death in what police believe may have been a road-rage incident Sunday afternoon in the South Side Chatham neighborhood.

The 27-year-old Fulgham was traveling in a vehicle in the 600 block of East 82nd Street about 3:45 p.m., according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Another vehicle approached and someone inside took out a gun and fired shots.

Fulgham suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, and died there at 4:23 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

The South Side Avalon Park neighborhood resident was a 2008 graduate of Simeon Career Academy.

A person was taken into custody after the shooting, but was later released without being charged, police said.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

25-year-old Raven Lemons shot to death while celebrating her birthday near Ohio Street Beach in Streeterville

Raven Lemons was shot to death while celebrating her birthday early Sunday near the Ohio Street Beach in the Streeterville neighborhood on the Near North Side, but she may not have been the shooter’s intended target.

The 25-year-old Lemons was standing on the street with an acquaintance about 2:40 a.m. in the 500 block of East Ohio near the pedestrian tunnel to the lakefront, according to Chicago Police.

Then someone started shooting.

Lemons was struck in the head, and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. She died there at 3:13 a.m.

Several stray bullets from the shooting struck the windows of a nearby condo building and furniture store, but no other injuries were reported.

Lemons, who lived in the West Side Lawndale neighborhood, was not believed to be the intended target. Police said they were looking for a known individual who may have been the target.

Her online profile said she worked as a bartender.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Nicholas Smith killed, two men wounded when three gunmen open fire in front of home in Englewood

Three men were standing in the front yard of a home Friday night in the South Side Englewood neighborhood when three others started shooting, leaving Nicholas Smith dead and two other men wounded.

About 11:45 p.m., the three victims were standing in front of a home in the 5900 block of South Union when three gunmen walked up and opened fire, according to Chicago Police.

Smith, 25, was shot repeatedly and died at the scene at 11:54 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in the South Side Auburn Gresham neighborhood.

A 23-year-old man shot in the chest was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital; and a 29-year-old man shot in the right leg was taken to St. Bernard Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, police said.

No one was in custody for the shooting early Tuesday.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

17-year-old Tiara Viramontes dies about 12 hours after being shot on the block where she lived in East Garfield Park

Seventeen-year-old Tiara Viramontes died Sunday afternoon, more than 12 hours after she and a man were shot in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side.

Viramontes and the 30-year-old man were in the back of a building at 4:48 a.m. in the 3500 block of West Huron, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Someone opened fire and the girl was shot in the back of the head. She was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 5:24 p.m., the medical examiner’s office said. She lived on the same block as the shooting.

The man suffered a gunshot wound to the upper right leg and was also taken to Stroger, where he was listed in critical condition, police said.

Tiara was a student at Marine Leadership Academy, where she played on the basketball and softball teams.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to hep the family with funeral expenses.

On the page, her mother, Cynthia Pagan, wrote: Tiara was a loving and caring daughter, sister, aunt, friend, cousin, niece, and loved by many. Tiara was very full of life and if you ever met her you wouldn’t forget her.”

The GoFundMe page had raised more than $3,300 in 16 hours toward a goal of $7,500.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire