Mother: Slain musician DeAngelo ‘Elloski’ Russell ‘was as real as real can be’

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South Side musician DeAngelo “Elloski” Russell would open his studio to young rappers who needed the equipment to make beats.

Russell, 33, was fatally shot while walking with a friend in the 2600 block of East 83rd Street in the South Chicago community about 10:15 p.m. May 31, authorities said.

Russell, of the 8200 block of South Marquette Avenue, was shot in the thigh, leg and arm, authorities said. His friend was not injured.

Earlier that day, Russell was consoled a neighborhood family after the death of a loved one. The group hung out on the porch, laughing and taking photos with DeAngelo Russell’s camera, family said.

Russell’s mother, Ernestine Russell, said her son was on the way to a corner store when he was shot.

It’s a shame and it’s senseless,” Ernestine Russell said. “They don’t know the heartfelt pain that went through me, the chills that went through after what they’d done.
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Only a coward would do this to a woman,’ boyfriend says of Carnesha Fort murder

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Carnesha Fort had the “heart of a lion”, her longtime boyfriend, Darnell “LA” Tubbs, said.

Tubbs, 22, knew he found love in Carnesha Fort. Love that was supposed to last a lifetime.

Fort, 22, was fatally shot at her home in the 100 block of North Keeler Avenue in the West Garfield Park community about 10:45 p.m. Friday, authorities said.

Tubbs said Fort was home with her children when the gunman shot her in the bedroom.

“I think he brought that gun because he thought I was going to be there,” Tubbs said. “And him, as a man, to still pull a stunt and kill her … Only a coward would do this to a woman.”

Nobody has been charged in the murder, and Tubbs refuses go back to the apartment or allow Fort’s children back in their home.
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Grandmother: Slain teen Ja-Quez Williams wanted to be cop

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Ja-Quez Williams wanted to become a police officer to stop the violence in his Austin community, his family said.

The violence Ja-Quez, 17, longed to stop took his life before he ever got that chance when he was fatally shot in the head in the 5500 block of West North Avenue about 2:05 a.m. April 26, authorities said.

“He was a beautiful, vibrant person — full of life,” said his grandmother, Inez Williams said. “It was a senseless thing, I really don’t understand. No children should be gunned down like cattle.”
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Friend: Slain Harlan student Dashawn Johnson ‘brought life into this school’

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Dashawn Johnson was a quiet high school student who would get loud to sell candy bars in the hallways of his school to make money to support his young daughter, friends said.

Dashawn, 17, was shot in the jaw Saturday night near his home in the 9300 block of South Ada Street in the Washington Heights neighborhood, authorities said. He died at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn the following evening.

A junior at Harlan Community Academy High School, his classmates remembered him as a friendly young father who avoided drama and mostly stuck by his girlfriend’s side.

It was unexpected,” 16-year-old Tracie Vaughn said of Dashawn’s death. “He kept to himself. When you did see him, he’d be smiling, talking to his friends in the hallway or with his girlfriend.”
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Girlfriend: ‘It’s not fair that my son lost his father’

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Cesar Nieves‘ family and friends remember the father of four as a caring, big-hearted man whose primary motivation was the well-being of his children.

During an anti-violence march through the Little Village neighborhood last Friday, Nieves’ girlfriend and 10-year-old son joined community members in a moment of silence at the site of his murder.

Nieves, 34, was fatally shot about 3:25 a.m. May 10 on the corner of West 28th Street and South Kedvale Avenue. He was dead at the scene and several people told officers they recognized Nieves because the hat “he wears every day” was laying next to his body.

His girlfriend, Imelda Torres, watched the police investigation from afar with family members.
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VIDEO: Automobile enthusiast Eugene Matheny, 52, shot dead washing car in West Garfield Park, family said

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Nearly two months after 52-year-old Eugene Matheny was fatally shot while washing his car in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, his family is still waiting for authorities to capture the person who killed the respected community member.

His daughter, La Gena Matheny, said her father had hundreds of friends and was respected by “street drug dealers and churchgoers alike.”

Eugene Matheny and a 53-year-old acquaintance were shot in an alley in the 4300 block of West Jackson Boulevard about 7:20 p.m. March 21, authorities said.

La Gena Matheny said her father was washing his car with a friend when a man pulled up in a maroon minivan, asked about some other people then opened fire and drove away.

Eugene Matheny, of the 4200 block of West Adams Street, was shot in the back and died at Mount Sinai Hospital less than an hour later, authorities said. His friend was shot in the upper left thigh and survived.

Matheny was shot in the back and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:55 p.m., according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
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Prosecutors: Maria Espinoza-Perez beat 3-year-old daughter Ashley Mendoza to death at Northwest Side home

Chicago Sun-Times

A stay-at-home mother who brutally beat her 3-year-old daughter to death lied to police, telling them that the child stopped breathing following a home invasion at her Northwest Side apartment, Cook County prosecutors said.

Paramedics found Ashley Mendoza on the kitchen floor Sunday night with visible injuries to her forehead, bruising on her hands and legs, scrapes and abrasions on her neck, Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Mack said.

But there was no blood on the girl or near her body.

Police later found blood splatter in Maria Espinoza-Perez bathroom’s vanity and shower, Mack said.

Officer’s also discovered blood splatter in Ashley’s bedroom on a teddy bear, blanket, mattress and her crib’s wooden frame, Mack said.

Espinoza-Perez allegedly had told both the baby’s father and authorities that Ashley stopped breathing after the apartment in the 3300 block of North Natchez Avenue was broken into.
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Ashley Mendoza, 3, died from child abuse at Dunning neighborhood home

Chicago Sun-Times

On one side of the street, an elderly woman cooed to a toddler in a stroller Monday morning.

On the other, a death investigator’s sticker sealed the door to an apartment where Ashley Mendoza once blew kisses to her daddy from her window.

Inside that second-floor Northwest Side apartment, investigators searched for clues after 3-year-old Ashley was found dead there Sunday night. Police were questioning a person of interest in the case Monday.

An autopsy Monday found that Ashley died of multiple injuries from child abuse, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Her death was ruled a homicide.
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VIDEO: Cubs parking attendant Jabari Davis ‘was loyal among wolves’

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During the funeral service for Jabari Davis it didn’t matter if you were a North Sider or a South Sider, a Cubs fan or a Sox fan, everyone was on an even playing ground.

After nearly 10 years of working as a parking attendant for the Chicago Cubs, Davis loved the ball club.

Davis, 29, was fatally shot about 7:15 a.m. May 3 in his mother’s apartment in the 900 block of East 81st Street, authorities said.

Red and white flowers — including an arrangement with the Cubs logo — surrounded the white casket with blue satin lining as family and friends said farewell to the man known as a “Gentle Giant.”

The Cubs assisted the Davis family in covering funeral expenses and also provided a bus for more then 50 employees who attended the services. Cubs owner Tom Ricketts attended the wake.
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VIDEO: Stolen Hummer led to double murder Easter Sunday in Little Village

Chicago Sun-Times

A wounded Alex Garrido climbed into the driver’s seat of his brother’s Lincoln Navigator and attempted to take his bleeding relatives to a hospital after a flurry of bullets entered the SUV Easter Sunday in the Little Village neighborhood.

Garrido, 23, said he was in the backseat with two young children when the gunfire erupted and he was shot in the hand. His brother, Juan Ocon, was shot in the head while driving and his cousin, Timmy Bermudez, was struck in the chest as he sat in the front seat, authorities said.

After the shooting, Garrido climbed into the driver’s seat, sat on his bleeding brother and drove off to find a hospital as the children cried in the back seat.
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