By DAVID STRUETT
Homicide Watch Chicago
The tragedy is that 26-year-old James McChristian was leading a good life when he was fatally shot in Auburn Gresham last summer, according to his cousin, Anthony Williams.
“When he first had kids, I was worried because he didn’t have his things together,” said Williams, 36. But that changed and he came to respect McChristian for correcting his path and caring for his kids as if nothing else mattered.
“He was a man, a father,” he said of McChristian, who had two daughters and a son. “He took it on his own to be that type of man.”
McChristian was sitting on his porch early morning Sunday, Sept. 17 at the 8300 block of South Hermitage when three people exited a car behind the house and fired on him and three others, police said.
He was shot in the chest and abdomen and was later pronounced dead at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to police.
McChristian was called “BJ” by his mother—short for “Baby James.” When he got older, he took on the name “Beeg” because “he wanted to lose the ‘baby,’” Williams said.
“People should remember James for his commitment to his kids,” Williams said. “I took his kids to Odyssey Fun World and his son was like, ‘I want you to call me B.J. from now on.’ That’s a testament to the love his kids have for him.”Read more