Jerrell J. Perkins | Homicide Watch Chicago news about Jerrell J. Perkinsen-usMon, 04 Dec 2017 12:07:25 -0600Family mourns 26-year-old Jerrell Perkins: 'He had a heart of gold'<img class="size-medium wp-image-29130" src="" alt="Jerrell Perkins was a manager at McDonalds at 115th and Halsted" width="201" height="300" srcset=" 201w, 252w" sizes="(max-width: 201px) 100vw, 201px" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Jerrell Perkins was a manager at McDonalds at 115th and Halsted | Facebook</p> <p class="p1">By DAVID STRUETT<br /> Homicide Watch Chicago</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><a href="">Jerrell J. Perkins</a>, father of two and a restaurant manager, </span>looked out for his family and friends, relatives said.</p> <p class="p1">He even tried to help others keep their lives on the right track.</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s2">"He kept me out of jail and everything," a relative said. "He made sure I had a plan."</span></p> <p class="p1">His positive impact on people's lives makes his sudden loss so tragic for those who knew him.</p> <p class="p1">Perkins was gunned down August 19 in a drive-by shooting in West Pullman. He was 26-years-old.</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s2">"Rell," as he was known to many, was standing near a parked car in the 12200 block of South Green, when at about 4:30 a.m. a black SUV pulled up and someone inside started shooting.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s2">Perkins was shot in the head and was taken to MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, where he was pronounced dead at 4:46 a.m., according to police and the medical examiner’s office.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s2">"He had a heart of gold," Sherelle Murray, a coworker of Perkins, said. "Jarrell was a very overprotective, silly person. He would give his last to anybody."</span><span id="more-29129"></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s2">Perkins was the father of two boys, about 2 and 7-years-old, Murray said.</span></p> <img class="size-medium wp-image-29172" src="" alt="Jerrell Perkins | Facebook" width="200" height="300" srcset=" 200w, 492w" sizes="(max-width: 200px) 100vw, 200px" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Jerrell Perkins | Facebook</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s2">"He loved the kids," she said. "He taught them the right way to do things. He always taught them to stick together no matter what."</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s2">Perkins’ life had promising beginnings.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s2">He graduated high school as salutatorian, he played basketball, and got a full-ride scholarship to Arizona State, the relative said.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s2">But “he didn’t go there because he was too tied up in the streets,” he said. “He went to college for two years and then there were tragic events. He went to jail for a year-and-a-half.”</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s2">After that, Perkins “was just trying to change his life…and turn back away from the streets and do positive things,” he said.</span></p> <p class="p2">His relatives agree the effort paid off.</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s2">Perkins started working at McDonalds on 115th and Halsted and was soon promoted to manager, the relative said. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s2">"He was working there until the day he died," he said.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s2">Perkins was a laid-back boss who allowed his employees to crack jokes and have fun, according to his close relative who was hired to work at the same restaurant.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s2">He was also generous with the poor and homeless.</span></p> <img class="size-medium wp-image-29131" src="" alt="Jerrell Perkins with his son" width="200" height="300" srcset=" 200w, 500w, 534w, 563w" sizes="(max-width: 200px) 100vw, 200px" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Jerrell Perkins with his son | Facebook</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s2">"Around that area," where Perkins worked, "there were a lot people from shelters," his relative said. "When they didn’t have enough money, he would say, ‘I’m going to ring you up for this… and I’ll give you whatever you want.’”</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s2">“Every time they would come back, they would acknowledge him,” and thank him for the complimentary food, he said.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s2">But Perkins preferred to keep his generosity hidden and to stay humble.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s2">"He really ain’t express too much. He was nonchalant," the relative said.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s2">Perkins was friendly and loving to his family, always playing with his younger relatives.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s2">“He loved playing video games,” his relative said. “We would gamble money on video games sometimes, but he would never take our money. He never did anything in a harmful way.”</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s2">Perkins cared for his kids selflessly.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s2">“Anything they asked for, they got it,” he said. “And he always got it through working. He never committed crimes. He always worked for it.”</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s2">Perkins’ generosity and love for his family was matched by his positive energy, his relative said.</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2">“Everybody loved him,” he said. “Whether you had bad intentions or not, he always showed you love.”</span></p> <p class="p3"><em>–Homicide Watch Chicago</em></p> David StruettMon, 04 Dec 2017 12:07:25 -0600 J. PerkinsJerrell Perkins killed, woman wounded in drive-by shooting a block away from his home in West Pullman<p><iframe src="" width="100%" height="350" frameborder=0></iframe></p> <p><a href="">Jerrell J. Perkins</a> was killed and a woman was injured in a drive-by shooting early Saturday in the Far South Side West Pullman neighborhood.</p> <p>The 26-year-old Perkins and a 45-year-old woman were standing on the street near a parked car about 4:30 a.m. in the 12200 block of South Green, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner's office.</p> <p>A black SUV pulled alongside them and someone inside started shooting.</p> <p>Perkins was shot in the head and was taken to MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, where he was pronounced dead at 4:46 a.m., authorities said.</p> <p>The married father of two young sons lived about a block from where he was shot. He was known to friends as "Rell."</p> <p>The woman suffered gunshot wounds to the left arm and left leg. She was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where her condition was stabilized, police said.</p> <p><em>--Chicago Sun-Times Wire</em></p> Jeff MayesMon, 21 Aug 2017 12:28:13 -0500 J. Perkins