Brion Barlow, called a ‘cool cat’ with a promising rap career, was fatally shot outside a South Shore restaurant

Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Chicago Police investigate in the 2400 block of East 72nd Street in South Shore, where a man was shot to death early Wednesday. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Chicago Police investigate in the 2400 block of East 72nd Street in South Shore, where a man was shot to death early Wednesday. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Brion Barlow, a father of three who had a baby earlier this year, was identified by family members as the man who was shot to death early Wednesday outside a restaurant in South Shore.

Brian Barlow, 31, was found unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday in the 2400 block of East 72nd Street, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:02 a.m.

The body could be seen lying on the ground outside the Kennedy Fish & Chicken restaurant, among more than a dozen shell casings and evidence markers. Witnesses said they saw a red SUV speeding away after the shooting.

Family members said Barlow lived in the neighborhood with his grandmother. The medical examiner’s office listed his address as the 11800 block of South Emerald.

Shay Barlow, 32, Brian Barlow’s sister, said she woke up to a phone call and rushed to the crime scene.

“He was a very down to earth and sweet guy who would give the shirt off his back to help anyone,” she said.

Shay Barlow called family members from the scene, including their mother and grandmother. She said their mother, who lives in Las Vegas, is “not doing too good.”

She stood quietly at the scene for hours, flanked by family and friends while police investigated.

“Our family is devastated,” she said, adding that Brion Barlow was the nephew of 52-year-old Christon Barlow, who was shot to death June 23, 2015, while running errands in the South Side Bronzeville neighborhood.

Keith Ternoir, 45, who has lived in the building next to Kennedy Fish & Chicken for about a year, said he heard 17 shots ring out, adding, “It was the entire clip.”

He said he knew Brion Barlow, whom he called “B-Low,” from the neighborhood.

“He was a cool cat, he rapped,” Ternoir said. “That man had a promising career.”

When the mother of at least one of Brion Barlow’s children arrived at the scene, Ternoir draped his jacket over the sobbing woman’s shoulders.

“It’s not Brion,” the woman cried, as Ternoir, now wearing just a t-shirt, hugged her.

“People are just sick and tired of being sick and tired,” Ternoir said, adding that he has been shot on three separate occasions. “You don’t even have to be a gang member to get shot out here.”

Brion Barlow wasn’t affiliated with a gang, he said.

“He didn’t do nothing,” Ternoir said. “He didn’t do a damn thing.”

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