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Giving up on justice

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Giving up on justice

Chiquita Davis is still haunted by the phone call she received Jan. 8, telling her the young man she had raised for nearly two decades was dead. Now, every time her cell phone rings, she fears it’s another call like that. 

But the one call she wants to get never seems to come – the one […]

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Families question support after loved ones’ killings

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Families question support after loved ones’ killings

When Donna Howard’s 18-year-old son was shot to death more than a year and a half ago, she didn’t know where to turn for support. “We were exhausted, crying and speaking on Facebook,” says Howard. Her son Delvonta Porter was killed Oct. 24, 2011, in the South Shore neighborhood, just blocks from home. Howard found […]

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Final call to a friend

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Final call to a friend

Antanice “Niecy” Ward lets out a giggle when she remembers the funny faces her friend Soraya Gibson used to make when talking about people. “She was very silly, very goofy. She always had everyone laughing,” she says. As Ward sits in her cook’s apron in the Lake View High School cafeteria where she worked with […]

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Lonely anniversary

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Lonely anniversary

Mother’s Day was the one-year anniversary of Christopher Reeves’ death. His mother, Kimberly Reeves, marked the occasion by going to the store, buying a single white balloon and setting it free above her house in West Englewood – the same ritual she observed when her middle child missed his 22nd birthday in December. But aside […]

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Homicide victim’s mother sees progress in Englewood

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Homicide victim’s mother sees progress in Englewood

Christopher Reeves’ younger brother Jermaine Reeves dedicated himself to “making Chris proud” after his brother’s killing. Kimberly Reeves says he’s excelling at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C., but she’s nervous about summer break. “I just wish he could stay there at school. He’ll be home (in June), and he won’t go back until August, so […]

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Killer on the line

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Killer on the line

Carla Allen’s voice shakes as she recalls the brief conversation she had with her daughter’s killer. “He called and asked me for forgiveness,” says Allen. “He said, ‘That was my friend. I didn’t mean to hurt my friend.’” The call came two years ago, just days after the May 30, 2011, killing of her 16-year-old […]

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For some, the grieving never ends

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For some, the grieving never ends

She never knows when it’s going to happen. The last time it did, Darlene Clair-Clark was in the bathroom at work when she suddenly remembered she’s lost two sons to homicide and broke down. The 55-year-old mother of three wishes she could forget the losses and just remember the lives, but the pain she feels […]

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