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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Jonathan Brown killed, second man critically injured when gunman opens fire from SUV in Chicago Lawn

Jonathan D. Brown was killed and another man was critically wounded in a shooting Wednesday night in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

About 8:30 p.m., the men were standing on the sidewalk in the 6000 block South Maplewood when someone in a dark-colored SUV drove by and fired shots, according to Chicago Police.

Brown, 25, was shot in the chest and arm, and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:53 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in Englewood.

A 23-year-old man was struck in his left arm and abdomen, and was taken in critical condition to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

WEEK IN REVIEW: In the least-violent week in months, 8 people were killed, but two might’ve been self-defense

By JEFF MAYES
Homicide Watch Chicago
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It may not seem like much of a victory, but only eight people were killed in Chicago last week, making it one of the least violent weeks of the entire year.

Statistics compiled by Homicide Watch Chicago show that there have only been four weeks in 2017 when less than 8 people were shot, and the last time it happened was way back in May.

Two of those killing may not be considered homicides by police, but rather cases of self-defense.

A 33-year-old man was killed Sunday morning in a domestic-related shooting in the Clearing neighborhood on the Southwest Side, and police seem to be treating it as a case of self-defense.

At 5:18 a.m., a 30-year-old woman was being battered by Damien Hernandez in the 6900 block of West 65th Street when she pulled out a gun and shot him three times, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Hernandez was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was initially taken into custody and police said charges were pending. However, on Tuesday, police said the woman had been released and no charges had been filed.

Similarly, after a Wisconsin man died Sunday night after he was shot the previous day in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, a person of ointerest was released without charges.
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Beloved baker Aristeo ‘Pascuale’ Soriano shot while walking home from his job at D’Amato’s Bakery in West Town

By ASHLEE REZIN and JEFF MAYES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Aristeo 'Pascuale' Soriano | GoFundMe

Aristeo ‘Pascuale’ Soriano | GoFundMe


Aristeo “Pascuale” Soriano had walked home from his job as a baker at a popular West Town bakery almost every day for the last 25 years.

On Wednesday morning, after a shift that ended at 2 a.m., the father of four never made it home.

About 2:24 a.m., the 49-year-old Soriano was walking in the 1300 block of West Huron, according to Chicago Police. He was going home from D’Amato’s Bakery, where he had worked for more than 20 years.

As he was walking, a male suspect walked up, pulled out a weapon and shot him, according to police.

Soriano was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later, authorities said.
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Thaddeus ‘Tad’ Dean killed in drive-by shooting just a few blocks away from his home in Austin

Thaddeus “Tad” Dean was killed in an Austin neighborhood drive-by shooting Wednesday afternoon on the West Side.

The 26-year-old Dean was standing outside about 3 p.m. on the sidewalk in the 100 block of South Lockwood, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Someone in a passing vehicle fired shots and Dean was hit.

He suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:29 p.m., authorities said.

Dean, who had attended Foreman High School, lived about three blocks away in the same neighborhood. He was known as “tad” or “KT.”

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire