Death of 3-year-old Jazebel Aleman in her home in Little Village ruled a homicide by assault

The death of 3-year-old Jazebel Aleman early Sunday in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side has been ruled a homicide, and police say a person is in custody.

Police investigate after a 3-year-old girl was found with fatal wounds inside her home in Little Village.

Police investigate after a 3-year-old girl was found with fatal wounds inside her home in Little Village.


Officers responded about 1:10 a.m. to reports of the toddler not breathing in an apartment in the 2500 block of South Homan, according to Chicago Police.

The girl, identified as Jazebel, was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:26 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Officials there spelled the girl’s name Jezipel

An autopsy Sunday found she died of multiple injuries from an assault, and her death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Area Central detectives have one person in custody, and charges are pending, police said.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Two gunman fatally shoot 32-year-old Dario Balderrama just blocks from his home in Back of the Yards

Dario Balderrama was killed Saturday evening in a Back of the Yards neighborhood shooting on the South Side.

The 32-year-old Balderrama had just parked his car and was crossing the street in the 4800 block of South Racine at 6:24 p.m., according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

A dark vehicle approached and two people got out and fired shots, according to police.

Balderrama, who lived just blocks away in the same neighborhood as the shooting, was struck multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

The shooters got back in the vehicle and took off heading north, police said.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Gunman jumps out of vehicle in Park Manor and fatally shoots 18-year-old Sherrod Rhyme

Eighteen-year-old Sherrod Rhyme was killed on Friday afternoon in a Park Manor neighborhood drive-by shooting on the South Side.

About 3:15 p.m., Rhyme was standing outside in the 7000 block of South State when a dark-colored vehicle pulled up, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

A gunman got out of the vehicle and shot Rhyme in the head.

He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died at 6:36 p.m., authorities said. He lived in the Calumet Heights neighborhood.

No one was in custody for the killing as of Monday morning, police said.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Deshawn Boswell killed, second man seriously injured in afternoon shooting in Chatham

Deshawn Boswell was killed and another man seriously wounded on Friday afternoon in a South Side Chatham neighborhood shooting.

About 12:50 p.m., the men, ages 26 and 21, were in front of an apartment building in the 8000 block of South Ellis when people walked up to them, fired shots and ran away, according to Chicago Police.

The older man, identified as Boswell, was shot in the chest and was taken to Jackson Park Hospital, where he died at 1:40 p.m. The Cook County medical examiner’s office said, He lived in the South Shore neighborhood.

The 21-year-old man was shot in the legs and wrist, police said. He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious condition.

No one was in custody for the attack as of Saturday morning.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Great-grandfather Gene Gordon was not the intended target when he was killed in West Englewood drive-by

By ASHLEE REZIN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Gene Gordon | Facebook

Gene Gordon | Facebook


Seventy-eight-year-old Gene Gordon was shot and killed Thursday evening while walking home from a store in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, but he was not the shooter’s intended target.

About 4:45 p.m., the great-grandafather was at the corner of 68th and Hermitage walking home when a group of males in a light-colored car pulled up and someone inside fired shots, hitting him in the head, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Gordon was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died at 5:45 p.m., authorities said. A police source said the shooter was trying to hit a young man nearby.

The shooting happened a few blocks from Gordon’s home, and was returning from a store on Ashland when he was shot.
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17-year-old Ahmad Smith found with fatal gunshot wound on sidewalk in Austin

Seventeen-year-old Ahmad Smith was killed in an Austin neighborhood shooting late Thursday on the West Side.

About 11:15 p.m., officers responding to a shooting found Smith on a sidewalk in the 5900 block of West Thomas, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He had been shot in the “buttocks area” and was pronounced dead at the scene 10 minutes later, authorities said. Smith lived about two blocks away in the same neighborhood. An autopsy showed he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

No one was in custody for the shooting as of Saturday morning.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Prosecutors: 12-year-old Alexis Stubbs screamed, ‘Daddy, don’t,’ as she was being stabbed and beaten to death

By ANDY GRIMM, MITCH DUDEK, STEFANO ESPOSITO, MITCHELL ARMENTROUT and ASHLEE REZIN
Chicago SUn-Times

Alexis Stubbs | Facebook

Alexis Stubbs | Facebook

Alexis Stubbs was heard on voicemail screaming, “Daddy don’t” while she was beaten and stabbed to death by the man she considered her stepfather, Cook County prosecutors said in court Tuesday.

Alexis, 12, was killed Sunday in her North Side apartment.

Alexis’ mother and the accused killer, 31-year-old convicted felon John Singleton, had been arguing over the phone when the girl’s cries were captured, Assistant State’s Attorney Guy Lisuzzo said.

Singleton, Alexis’ mother’s ex-boyfriend, had moved back in, but the woman didn’t want him there because her lease prohibited felons, prosecutors said.

An assistant public defender told Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil that Singleton has a “history of mental health problems” and suicidal thoughts.

He was ordered held without bond.
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32-year-old Christopher Johnson shot to death while sitting inside vehicle in Ashburn

Christopher Johnson was killed in a shooting Tuesday afternoon while sitting in a vehicle in the Southwest Side Ashburn neighborhood.

The 32-year-old Johnson was inside a vehicle in the 8100 block of South Kedzie at 2:18 p.m. when he was shot multiple times, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He was taken in critical condition to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died at 2:51 p.m., authorities said. He lived in the South Side Englewood neighborhood.

An autopsy Wednesday found he died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

WEEK IN REVIEW: At least 19 killed in Chicago, including 12-year-old girl allegedly killed by mom’s ex-boyfriend

By JEFF MAYES
Homicide Watch Chicago

Sun-Times file photo by Ashlee Rezin

Sun-Times file photo by Ashlee Rezin


As the temperatures started to heat up last week, the homicide total in CHicago jumped to 19 last week, matching the high for any week so far in 2017.

And the year continues to keep pace with 2016’s total of about 780 homicides, the highest total in the city in two decades. As of Wednesday, there had been 284 homicides in the city so far this year, exactly matching the total for the same date in 2016.

And two more of the dead were victims of domestic violence, including a 12-year-old girl brutally murdered by her mother’s ex-boyfriend, a felon whom she called “Daddy.”

But he is now charged with beating and stabbing the popular girl to death Sunday night in the Sheridan Park neighborhood on the North Side. Alexis Stubbs suffered multiple stab wounds and blunt trauma about 9:45 p.m. in the 4600 block of North Beacon, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. She was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead an hour later.

On Monday, authorities charged John Singleton with first-degree murder. The 31-year-old was ordered held without bond on Tuesday. He had pleaded guilty to aggravated domestic battery for choking Alexis’ mother in 2014, and had just been released from prison in April.
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Niece says Charles Smith Jr., gunned down in Woodlawn, was a ‘great person’ who ‘didn’t do nothing’

Chicago Police investigate near a church in the 6500 block of South Maryland, where Charles Smith Jr. was shot to death early Wednesday.  | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Chicago Police investigate near a church in the 6500 block of South Maryland, where Charles Smith Jr. was shot to death early Wednesday. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

By ASHLEE REZIN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Nicole Gayfield said her uncle Charles Irving Smith Jr. spent all day Tuesday cooking soul food, then later dropping off plates of the food at her house.

“He cooked for his whole building. He fed everybody,” Gayfield, 36, said early Wednesday near yellow crime scene tape. Her uncle’s body could be seen half a block away, slumped against a fence outside the Cosmopolitan Church of Prayer in the Woodlawn neighborhood.

Officers responding to reports of a man down about 3:30 a.m. found the 45-year-old Smith lying on the sidewalk in the 6400 block of South Maryland with gunshot wounds to the head and right side, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He was dead at the scene.

Gayfield identified Smith as her mother’s only brother. He was a barber who liked to cook, and was gunned down just steps from his apartment building. She said he was 47.
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