Emmett Louis Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955) was an African-American boy who was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14 after reportedly flirting with a white woman. Till was from Chicago, Illinois, visiting his relatives in Money, Mississippi, in theMississippi Delta region, when he spoke to 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, the married proprietor of a small grocery store there. Several nights later, Bryant’s husband Roy and his half-brother J. W. Milam arrived at Till’s great-uncle’s house where they took Till, transported him to a barn, beat him and gouged out one of his eyes, before shooting him through the head and disposing of his body in the Tallahatchie River, weighting it with a 70-pound (32 kg) cotton ginfan tied around his neck with barbed wire. His body was discovered and retrieved from the river three days later.
Roger Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic whose gladiatorial “thumbs-up, thumbs-down” has died. He was 70.
Ebert, who had battled cancer in recent years, died Thursday in Chicago, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, where he had been film critic for 46 years. He had undergone several surgeries to remove cancerous tumors from his thyroid and salivary glands, ultimately losing his jaw and speaking voice to the disease. Ebert was married to Chaz Hammelsmith.
Jonylah Watkins — whom police officials have said was shot during a gang-related attempt on the life of her father, Jonathan Watkins — has brought the city’s struggles with gun violence back to the forefront. Infant Watkins died after being shot five times in Chicago on Monday afternoon while her father was reportedly standing on the curb, changing her diaper on the front seat of a minivan. It was the 62nd homicide of 2013 in the city, according to RedEye Chicago; last year, more than 500 homicides were reported in Chicago, a horrifying number that represented a massive increase over 2011.
STOP GUN VIOLENCE, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH- De De Tillman
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Posted: Sunday February 17, 2013 @ 7:45 p.m. PST
Janay McFarlane was shot once in the head approximately 11:30 pm in North Chicago on the same day when her sister was sitting at President Barack Obama’s gun speech.
According to the North Chicago police, two individuals are being questioned.
McFarlane was 18 and the mother of a 3-month-old boy.
Chicago teenager shot and killed after sister sat on stage behind Obama during speech on guns: Hours after Destini Warren, 14, attended President Barack Obama’s speech against gun violence Friday, her family learned of a terrible irony.
Destini’s sister, Janay McFarlane, 18, was the victim of the very thing that the President was condemning at Hyde Park Academy in Chicago.
McFarlane, of the 8900 block of South Lowe Avenue, was visiting friends and family in North Chicago when she was shot on her way to a store in the northern suburb, her family said.
She was pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m., shortly after sustaining a single gunshot wound to her head, according to the Lake County Coroner’s office.
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Posted: Tuesday April 24, 2012 @5:25 p.m. PST
Jennifer Hudson listened with her head down and eyes closed as a police officer testified Tuesday about finding her mother’s body in a pool of blood in the living room.
As prosecutors introduced evidence about the murder scene, Hudson sat next to her fiancé in the Chicago courtroom while Sgt. David Dowling also described finding the bloodied body of Hudson’s brother in bed.
Later, Hudson left the courtroom with her sister, Julia, avoiding the testimony of a forensic investigator who identified crime-scene photos that showed the bodies.
The grisly testimony came in the second day of the trial of Hudson’s former brother-in-law, William Balfour, charged with fatally shooting her mother Darnell Donerson, brother Jason Hudson and 7-year-old nephew Julian King in 2008.
The Oscar-winning actress was the first witness on Monday, breaking down on the stand as she told the jury that the family had warned Julia against marrying Balfour because he treated her badly.
Sgt. Dowling testified that Hudson’s mother was found in the South Side Chicago house with gunshot wounds to the back and that her brother had a gunshot wound to the head.
A search for the then-missing nephew ended three days later with the boy’s body being found in an SUV, another witness testified.