42-year-old Curley Harvey remembered by niece as charismatic man who raised her

Curley L. Harvey, a family-man and caregiver to his grandma, was shot to death Friday afternoon in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side.

He was at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Harvey’s niece, Kiswana Evans, said.

Curley Harvey, seated in the chair, with family. | Facebook

Curley Harvey, seated in the chair, with family. | Facebook

Harvey raised his two children and his niece, Evans, while her dad was incarcerated, she said.

Curley led a simple life and didn’t bother people. He stayed out of the way,” Evans said.

Harvey, 42, was traveling east in a vehicle at 2:29 p.m. in the 3600 block of West Jackson when someone in a silver sedan pulled up and fired shots, striking him in the head, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Harvey was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:04 p.m., authorities said. He lived in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side.

Curley was a very funny person. He was charismatic, a jokester,” Evans said.

Harvey’s death left her devastated.

I thought it was a joke or something,” Evans said.

She wishes Harvey would have left the neighborhood to escape the violence.

Harvey is the second brother in his family lost to gun violence, Evans said. In 2002, his younger brother was killed. Now, only one brother is left, she said.

—Homicide Watch Chicago

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