WEEK IN REVIEW: Four shot dead throughout Chicago

Homicide Watch Chicago Editor

Four people were fatally shot throughout Chicago last week.

The most recent killing happened when 23-year-old Loyola University pre-med student Mutahir Rauf was shot during an attempted robbery in the 1200 block of West Albion Avenue near the Rogers Park campus about 7:50 p.m. Friday, authorities said.

Two males walked up, showed a weapon and demanded Rauf’s belongings, authorities said. Rauf thought the weapon was fake and tried to reach for it, said 49th Ward Ald. Joe Moore.

Rauf, of the 1400 block of West Pratt Boulevard, was shot in the head and chest during a scuffle, authorities said. He died minutes later.

On the East Side, 26-year-old James Sweeten was shot in the 10600 block of South Avenue O, about 4:45 p.m. Friday, authorities said.

Sweeten, of the 9800 block of South Avenue L, was shot in the chest died at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, authorities said. A 23-year-old man was also shot numerous times, but survived his injuries, police said.

In the South Shore community, 20-year-old Cedric Goodwin was shot multiple times in the 7400 block of South Euclid Avenue about 9 a.m. Friday, authorities said.

Goodwin, of the 7600 block of South Euclid Avenue, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was declared dead at 12:25 p.m. Friday, according to the medical examiner’s office.

The killing started when 17-year-old Demond Avant was shot in the head while standing on a sidewalk in the 600 block of North Mayfield Avenue in the Austin community about 9:25 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said.

Avant, of the 1000 block of North Monitor Avenue, died less than an hour later at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, authorities said.

Kenyon Jones, 33, of the 1600 block of North Nagle Avenue, and Paris Jones, 24, of the 700 block of North Waller Avenue, men were charged with first-degree murder for Avant’s death and each is being held on $2 million bond. It was not immediately known if the two are related.

Overall, the medical examiner’s office has ruled at least 408 Chicago deaths in 2014 a homicide — including 14 people killed by police.

Chicago Police, which counts murders different by following federal guidelines, have ruled some of those homicides as involuntary manslaughter, justified self-defense or accidents.

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