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Database: 38 concealed carry shootings in Illinois, 11 people killed

4500 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue, Chicago

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8000 block of South Oglesby Avenue, Chicago

4200 block of West Potomac Avenue, Chicago

About 7:45 p.m. on May 19, police were called to Potomac and Kildare avenues for a report of shots fired. Officers were told that Yanie Zayas, 36, had...

4400 block of West Maypole Avenue, Chicago

700 block of North Clark Street, Chicago

3400 block of North Kedzie Avenue, Chicago

34 E. Adams St., Chicago

5500 block of West Thomas Street, Chicago

4000 block of West Iowa Street, Chicago

1900 block of West 33rd Street, Chicago

9100 block of South Blackstone Avenue, Chicago

200 block of Chicago Avenue, Oak Park

...on Halloween night in 2017, a police officer in Oak Park heard a gunshot around Adams Street and Elmwood Avenue. Robert Lewis, 56, said he fired a round as a warning shot at people in...

400 block of West Melrose Street, Chicago

1400 block of North Lockwood Avenue, Chicago

3400 block of South Ashland Avenue, Chicago

100 block of West Madison Street, Oak Park

5300 block of South Pulaski Road, Chicago

8200 block of South Ingleside Avenue, Chicago

7400 block of North Western Avenue, Chicago

4300 block of South State Street, Chicago

2500 block of West Division Street, Chicago

...Michael Arquero was picking up food for his pregnant wife at a taco stand at Division Street and Maplewood Avenue. A Honda Civic circled the restaurant and someone inside the car opened fire, police said...

2700 block of West 51st Street, Chicago

100 block of West Van Buren Street, Chicago

2900 block of North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

5400 block of West Van Buren Street, Chicago

    Database: 38 concealed carry shootings in Illinois, 11 people killed
    Copyright © 2018, More than 265,000 Illinois residents have a concealed carry license, about 2 percent of the state's adult population. But the state does not keep records on when these license holders fire their weapons, how often they do it, or if they wound or kill someone.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

  • Maybe you should. I read that link some time back. They misrepresent John Lott as pro-gun whereas he is not. He is pro-life (read anti-violence). He does not even get into the 2nd amendment argument. I do investigate resources, but do not limit myself to the likes of left-wing, anti-gun,...

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    Maybe you should. I read that link some time back. They misrepresent John Lott as pro-gun whereas he is not. He is pro-life (read anti-violence). He does not even get into the 2nd amendment argument. I do investigate resources, but do not limit myself to the likes of left-wing, anti-gun, progressive sources like Think Progress that has had its share of detractors for inaccuracies and misreporting.You assume incorrectly. I don't care if someone share my worldview, but I do not like being lied to. For instance, your Higher Learning link is about gun deaths which is entirely different from murder rates. Suicides account for the vast majority of gun deaths. Next follows gun deaths attributed to gang shootings. Removing those two from the equation or if the graph was redrawn to reflect murders rather that gun deaths, the graph would look quite differently.

  • Oh and bob1983, it did not escape my attention that you deliberately cherry picked that chart from the link...

    http://thehigherlearning.com/2015/12/08/the-6-most-important-questions-about-gun-violence-and-mass-shootings-in-america/

    and conveniently omitted the chart of "the rate of firearm homicide deaths, 1981-2010" that clearly shows a significant decline. How duplicitous of you/

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Jan 25 2017

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Bronzeville Dog Park Article in South Side Weekly

If you haven't seen it, the South Side Weekly did a nice write-up about efforts in Bronzeville to bring more dog parks to the South Side.

http://southsideweekly.com/barcing-up-the-right-tree/

    BARCing up the Right Tree
    Dogs on the South Side shouldn't need to drive all over the city to get out more and exercise." When Benjamin Gerhold tells me this in an email, it makes for a funny image-a poodle in a coupe, perhaps-but it strikes upon an issue that has long gone unaddressed.
    http://southsideweekly.com

Feb 09 2017

Updated 6 days ago

Bronzeville Dog Park "Fun"raiser this Sunday

Just a friendly reminder that the BARC Bronzeville Dog Park "Fun"raiser is this Sunday from 12:30 - 2:30 at DoGone Fun in the South Loop.

A few logistical things if you are planning on attending....parking is free on Sundays on the street around DoGone Fun. They also have a small parking lot that will fill up quickly.

We can take cash, credit, or debit at the door. Money goes towards covering the forming of our 501c3, costs for the event, and working towards the new dog park.

If you cannot make the event but would like to donate you can do so through the EventBrite page linked below.

Hope to see you there!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dogone-fun-tickets-31886959755

    DoGone Fun!
    Please join us for a "Fun"raiser at DoGone Fun! There will be treats for people and dogs, and this will be a great opportunity for everyone to socialize and generate even more positive energy for our dog park! A few important details about our "Fun"raiser.
    http://eventbrite.com
  • Sara Brandt New South Loop Resident

    We have an attorney and account who volunteer as advisors to our Board.. Lots of animal lovers out there. May be worth checking around for the same. Lots of regulations to follow!

  • Ben in Bronzeville Let's Build a Stronger City

    This old post comes up in Google search for Bronzeville Dog Park, so if you happen to stumble onto this post and want to learn more, check out this website:

    http://www.barcparks.org/

Sep 30 2014

Updated 6 days ago

Bronzeville Support for Southside Dog Parks

Dear Fellow Bronzeville Puparents,

I'm reaching out to you in hopes we can connect and give support to one another in creating and maintaining safe and fun environments for our furkids to play, exercise and socialize.

There are currently three such places in Woodlawn aka 'Wooflawn' :
Jackson Bark (Road Hazards Agility Course), Wagsworth and Woofington.
https://www.facebook.com/wooflawn/
https://foursquare.com/v/jackson-bark-chicago-il/
https://foursquare.com/v/wagsworth-dog-park-chicago-il/
https://foursquare.com/v/woofington-dog-park/

There are also two more promising dog park developments underway;
one in South Shore's Rainbow Beach led by Marion Brown...

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Dear Fellow Bronzeville Puparents,

I'm reaching out to you in hopes we can connect and give support to one another in creating and maintaining safe and fun environments for our furkids to play, exercise and socialize.

There are currently three such places in Woodlawn aka 'Wooflawn' :
Jackson Bark (Road Hazards Agility Course), Wagsworth and Woofington.
https://www.facebook.com/wooflawn/
https://foursquare.com/v/jackson-bark-chicago-il/
https://foursquare.com/v/wagsworth-dog-park-chicago-il/
https://foursquare.com/v/woofington-dog-park/

There are also two more promising dog park developments underway;
one in South Shore's Rainbow Beach led by Marion Brown marion.brown@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/SouthShoreDogBeach
and Bronzeville's Buckthorn Park led by Ephraim Lee xhle@hotmail.com

On a related note; if anyone has any old toys their pup has lost interest in, consider giving them a second life by donating them to one of the dog parks... also any grocery bags for the bag dispensers would also be greatly appreciated.

May 27

Updated Jun 13

Chicago's Gun Control Laws - Not Enforced

Lots of Chicago and National Lib Dems have been virtue signaling over the issue of gun control after yet another terrible schools shooting, mass killing. Former Chicago Public School director and Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan (never went to a public school, taught in a public school, sends his children to expensive private school) has called for a national mass walkout of students until strict gun control laws are passed.

But the reality here in our Chicago is that existing...

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Lots of Chicago and National Lib Dems have been virtue signaling over the issue of gun control after yet another terrible schools shooting, mass killing. Former Chicago Public School director and Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan (never went to a public school, taught in a public school, sends his children to expensive private school) has called for a national mass walkout of students until strict gun control laws are passed.

But the reality here in our Chicago is that existing gun control laws are often just not enforced.

Take the case of Daryl Williams who was caught with a stolen hand gun that he bought on the street (he admitted that) he was firing off the gun in our street, caught by the cops. But Chicago judge Stephanie Miller - champion of our county's "affordable bail" movement let Williams go free on recognizance bond (not even electric monitoring) and sure enough Williams proceeds to get another illegal hand gun and..... murder someone! This terrible, representable Chicago murder case was not covered by the mainstream media but was covered by the excellent Boys down crime blog CWBChicago

http://www.cwbchicago.com/2018/05/prosecutors-murderer-was-free-on.html

    Prosecutors: Gun Offender Was Free On Recognizance Bond When He Got Another Gun And Killed A Man
    When Daryl Williams stepped in front of Cook County Judge Stephanie Miller on Wednesday, it wasn't the first time the two had seen each other. Back in November, Miller-a champion of the county's "affordable bail" movement-let Williams go free on a recognizance bond after he was charged with possessing a stolen handgun on the South Side.
    http://www.cwbchicago.com
  • emj1900 bp

    With all the complaints about how lenient on criminals...Remember Preckwinkle got to run again on your vote...and you know darn will Foxx will stay..

    She and Kim Foxx think too many black and brown "thug criminals" are in jail. I guess it makes them both feel like they being picked...

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    With all the complaints about how lenient on criminals...Remember Preckwinkle got to run again on your vote...and you know darn will Foxx will stay..

    She and Kim Foxx think too many black and brown "thug criminals" are in jail. I guess it makes them both feel like they being picked on. BOO HOO! It's the Lawbiding citizens who are being picked on and off. In the era (60-70's) I grew up in, these punks were given 2 choices...JAIL or the ARMY ! Color was not an option.. Judges then, didn't pussyfoot around. But then too, Chicago wasn't out of control either. Old man Daley didn't put up with it PERIOD!..CPD knows there are gang issues... I remember when CPD sat down with these leaders and hashed it out. Seems every punk walking our streets has a gun..

    Preckwinkle and Foxx need to wake up.... And wake up fast. CPD seems to be doing their job at catching these thugs as Preckwinkle and Foxx play their games with releasing them back onto our streets only to commit more crimes...While they both say they are tough on crime.. which is laughable....

  • Why do liberal, left, progressive types, who tout "gun safety", bemoan the cost of incarceration? For the sake of public safety, those are tax dollars well spent. Besides the emotional cost endured, what is the physical cost of funeral related expenses? I'm thinking that the personal loss of a loved one from a repeat offender would change the mindset of those who whine about the cost of putting a criminal behind bars.

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    Mrs. Holdman El is asking for $493.94:
    My students need subscriptions to Scholastic Scope in order to succeed.
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Jun 02

South Side Mob Continues North Beach front Attacks

Crime blogs CWBChicago and Second City Cop report teen mobs again attacking bicyclist and pedestrians on the North Lakefront path this Thursday May 31st).

http://www.cwbchicago.com/2018/06/streeterville-groups-of-offenders.html

"A group of teens was seen pushing people into Lake Michigan near Navy Pier Thursday night. The reports follow reported mayhem along beaches and Downtown streets last weekend as roving groups of teenagers caused trouble, forcing Chicago Police officers to try to corral their movements.

The group of about 10 teens was seen pushing people...

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Crime blogs CWBChicago and Second City Cop report teen mobs again attacking bicyclist and pedestrians on the North Lakefront path this Thursday May 31st).

http://www.cwbchicago.com/2018/06/streeterville-groups-of-offenders.html

"A group of teens was seen pushing people into Lake Michigan near Navy Pier Thursday night. The reports follow reported mayhem along beaches and Downtown streets last weekend as roving groups of teenagers caused trouble, forcing Chicago Police officers to try to corral their movements.

The group of about 10 teens was seen pushing people into the lake in the 600 block of North Lake Shore Drive, according to Chicago Police. Downtown Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd) said witnesses described the group of teens catching four different victims off-guard between the hours of 11 p.m. and midnight Thursday. "

This makes 3 out of the last 5 weekends that pedestrians were attacked by mobs on North Michigan Avenue & the north Lakefront path. Lots of evidence indicates these flash mobs originate from 47th and State Street Red Line - the mobs were organized on Social media. Why haven't local law enforcement identified the mob organizers. One suburban young man was in critical condition after having his skull crushed. The Chicago mainstream media and CPD chief Eddie Johnson have covered up these terrible crimes and tried to spin this as just teens of all races and ethnic groups and classes causing typical teenage trouble. NO. This #&*$@# has to stop. Who's doing this from our neighborhoods. Our Hyde Park/Kenwood/South Shore/Bronzeville communities have excellent political and law enforcement resources. Let's use them now to identify the leaders of these wilding flash mob criminal attacks.

Sun Times Columnist Mary Mitchell has stood out being one of the few Chicago media voices being honest about these teen thug attacks:

https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/for-all-teens-to-be-welcome-on-mag-mile-hold-the-miscreants-accountable/

    Streeterville: Groups Of Offenders Pushed Victims Into Lake Michigan Thursday Night, Cops Say
    Here we go again! Chicago police said this morning that a group of about ten "teens" pushed people into Lake Michigan in the Streeterville area on Thursday evening. No one was injured and no arrests have been made, police said. Some of the victims said the offenders appeared to be in their early 20's.
    http://www.cwbchicago.com

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High police presence on Sunday at apartments on State St and 29th

Saw there was high police presence, more than 10 squad cars, with what I assume was residents standing outside he apartments. Wondering what happened?

May 15

Updated May 29

Segregation in Chicago won't be solved while anti-"gentrification" sentiment flourishes.

The Metropolitan Planning Council recently published a report of 25 steps we can take to address the segregation epidemic in Chicago.

Know what's funny? Or, maybe I should say, sad? Nowhere in the report do they address the fact that in today's political/social climate, when 'whites' move into any one given area on the South and/or West sides...they're not welcomed as "segregation busters". No, they're more often called 'gentrifiers'.

It's the new trendy bigotry...and its been cultivated and allowed to...

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The Metropolitan Planning Council recently published a report of 25 steps we can take to address the segregation epidemic in Chicago.

Know what's funny? Or, maybe I should say, sad? Nowhere in the report do they address the fact that in today's political/social climate, when 'whites' move into any one given area on the South and/or West sides...they're not welcomed as "segregation busters". No, they're more often called 'gentrifiers'.

It's the new trendy bigotry...and its been cultivated and allowed to fester to the point where, even local alderman have come out amongst the ranks of the Chicago machine to decry its atrocities: "How dare white professionals think they can move into one of these areas!" Think that's hyperbolic? Look at some of the anti-development ordinances being proposed by these political 'leaders' in traditionally underserved communities. Wake up friends. They want to keep these areas economically depressed and artificially deflated to secure votes of their own prosperity - not yours. The first black POTUS can't even open his community center without legions of protests and controversy from the "where's mine!" crowd ... and we think segregation is going to be busted by a few talking points on educational policy and equity?

Nah. This is a top-down epidemic. Years of race-baiting and pandering have created this cultural cancer. Race relations have gotten worse, not better. And this disparity of equity has been created, curated and maintained by the Chicago machine. Let's not forget that.

Tough conversations and new ideas are what will solve these issues. We'll end segregation when we celebrate our individual strengths vs obsessing over our petty differences. And they are just that...beyond petty. White, black, we're all the same. But we can't fight REAL racism when we're too busy chasing fake boogeymen.

http://www.metroplanning.org/costofsegregation/roadmap.aspx?utm_source=%2froadmap&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=redirect

    Our Equitable Future: A Roadmap for the Chicago Region - Metropolitan Planning Council
    http://www.metroplanning.org
  • @agentaaw - Because no one wants to admit that part of that change needs to happen from within ... much easier to blame everyone else vs have a serious conversation or any type of real introspection.

    I'll give you a small, anecdotal example:

    Trevor Noah was interviewing Jason Reynolds regarding...

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    @agentaaw - Because no one wants to admit that part of that change needs to happen from within ... much easier to blame everyone else vs have a serious conversation or any type of real introspection.

    I'll give you a small, anecdotal example:

    Trevor Noah was interviewing Jason Reynolds regarding his latest book a few months back. At a certain part in the interview, Noah quips how "black kids don't read books", and how a black audience member told him "I can't let my friends know I read books". Reynolds' direct reply was: "Black kids only like things that are cool."

    But, what really dropped my jaw to the floor was how easily both men seemingly glossed over these extremely poignant observation(s). "No, wait!!!! That's an important conversation to have!!", I found myself internalizing towards the television. But, of course, that larger conversation never came because they'd probably get crucified from the left for delving any deeper, or lose core fans for being "culturally insensitive" considering the polarizing climate we're currently in.

    Now, is this a "racist" observation? No, it's a cultural one.

    As I said, this is a small, anecdotal example. But all one needs to do is extrapolate these small examples out into the much broader cultural sphere and we can see what devastating consequences they have. But again, no one wants to talk about it. Usually, it's "racist" to even mention it. Everyone (and I do mean everyone) wants to just bury their heads in the sand: It's not a problem that black kids don't read, or that they're ashamed to look like they enjoy learning in front of their peers. Or, even the fact that over 70% are born into single parent households. All that is completely trivial! The biggest problem facing black kids in 2018 is "racism."

    At least, that's what everyone wants you to believe.

    http://www.cc.com/video-clips/avk8pe/the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-jason-reynolds---serving-young-readers-with--long-way-down-

  • I didn't know it was possible to evolve backwards. Even the slaves figured out the importance of reading. I feel as though we are headed towards living out the Mad Max movie. The poor and ignorant living underground.

    " My people parish for the lack of knowledge" Hosea 4:6

May 16

Updated May 29

Wilding Mob Attack Criminals Still At Large

Some of the mainstream Chicago press is FINALLY at least covering the brutal crime story of a large wilding mob that originated around us (~ 47th and Dan Ryan Red Line) invaded North Michigan Avenue, proceeded to stop traffic, jump on people's cars and in one case viciously attack a young couple. The last I heard the victim was in critical condition with a fractured skull!

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/cpd-scrambles-to-explain-why-parents-of-injured-suburban-man-ignored/

Local pols and police spokesmen have been covering up this terrible flash mob,...

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Some of the mainstream Chicago press is FINALLY at least covering the brutal crime story of a large wilding mob that originated around us (~ 47th and Dan Ryan Red Line) invaded North Michigan Avenue, proceeded to stop traffic, jump on people's cars and in one case viciously attack a young couple. The last I heard the victim was in critical condition with a fractured skull!

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/cpd-scrambles-to-explain-why-parents-of-injured-suburban-man-ignored/

Local pols and police spokesmen have been covering up this terrible flash mob, wilding attack, trying to spin it off as just teens acting a little rowdy or worse the police lied and said it was a case of two groups fighting. No, it was a case of a young suburban man and his girl friend coming off the Oak Street Beach and getting jumped and nearly or maybe even murdered by a large group of 25-50 South Side punks who organized these attacks on Social Media. We should set up an award for information that leads to the arrest, prosecute and severe punishment of these dangerous criminals who do these violent attacks for fun.

    CPD scrambles to explain why parents of injured suburban man ignored
    The Chicago Police Department is scrambling to explain why the parents of a 21-year-old suburban man - who suffered a serious head injury after a Gold Coast attack by a mob of teenagers - were ignored for days when they tried to file a police report. Local Ald.
    https://chicago.suntimes.com
  • jaye els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    All evidence indicates this same 47th street and State Street Red Line mob organized another wilding attack, mass invasion of North Michigan Avenue and shut down the whole place this last weekend. The Chicago Mainstream media completely censored the story. http://www.cwbchicago.com

    Crime Wrigleyville and Boystown blog and Second City Cop are the best places only places covering this crime story.

May 25

Updated May 28

All Lives Matter - Black Professor Says "Unleash those troops"

Here is a very interesting Op-Ed piece publishing in Washington DC "the Hill" by Chicago based Black American, Jamaican immigrant Jason D. Hill - an honors professor of philosophy at DePaul University.

Professor Hill argues that Chicago's criminal street gangs have created fiefdoms where they are extorting regular citizens offering "protection" from their own robbers, rapists and killers. He is calling on President Trump to bring in Federal law enforcement including armed troops.

"We teach, as we should, the values...

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Here is a very interesting Op-Ed piece publishing in Washington DC "the Hill" by Chicago based Black American, Jamaican immigrant Jason D. Hill - an honors professor of philosophy at DePaul University.

Professor Hill argues that Chicago's criminal street gangs have created fiefdoms where they are extorting regular citizens offering "protection" from their own robbers, rapists and killers. He is calling on President Trump to bring in Federal law enforcement including armed troops.

"We teach, as we should, the values of self-reliance and personal responsibility. But those virtues needs a clean space to thrive and flourish, a place where an innocent 13-year-old Hispanic girl trying to earn some extra money as a babysitter is exempt from having to negotiate with extortionist gang-bangers who extract half her earnings from her under the pretense of protecting her life and her virginity. In Chicago, some neighborhoods are overseen by gangs that ought to be viewed as operators of terror cells, nihilistic institutional organizations that invade the sphere of civilized life. These gangs have declared themselves above the law. "

http://thehill.com/opinion/criminal-justice/389056-mr-president-please-send-the-troops-to-chicago

Whether you agree or disagree with Dr. Hill, please pass this around and encourage others in our city and in places of power (Washington DC) to honestly look at the crime situation in our city. What should we do?

    Mr. President, please send the troops to Chicago
    President Trump Donald John Trump Comey: Trump's 'Spygate' claims are made up Trump taps vocal anti-illegal immigration advocate for State Dept's top refugee job Seattle Seahawks player: Trump is 'an idiot' for saying protesting NFL players 'shouldn't be in the country' MORE , during your presidential campaign you made a promise to send federal troops to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C.
    http://thehill.com
  • House-Frau Homemaker, mom, animal lover

    Amen to that!
    People - realize there are A-holes in every race, color, creed, religion, socio-economic status etc. Let’s Stop being so damned overly sensitive, politically correct&solve this problem that’s tearing this city apart!!

  • Yes, stop trying to fix the blame and fix the problem!

May 26

  • Permit issued for new construction

    SELF CERTIFICATION- NEW CONSTRUCTION OF 2 STORY WITH BASEMENT FRAME BUILDING WITH REAR OPEN DECK AND ATTACHED FRAME GARAGE WITH ROOF DECK

    549 E. 44th Pl. Issued May 24, 2018 Comment
  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    DECONVERSION AND FULL RENOVATION OF EXISTING 2-STORY, 2 UNIT ATTACHED RESIDENTIAL BUILDING W/ BASEMENT (3B CONSTRUCTION). NEW REAR WOOD DECK AND STAIR, NEW 2-CAR FRAME GARAGE, PER PLAN.(conditional permit subject to field inspections)

    4345 S. St. Lawrence Ave. Issued May 24, 2018 Comment

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'Done and over with': Families find closure after Darren Vann, who killed 7 in Gary area, sentenced to life

Jones was under tires and a teddy bear in the basement of a house in the 400 block of East 43rd Avenue. Vann said he killed Jones for $300 and two eight-balls of crack cocaine after meeting at a house for sale in Merrillville, court records state.

    'Done and over with': Families find closure after Darren Vann, who killed 7 in Gary area, sentenced to life
    Marvin Clinton trims the grass and keeps up a memorial he made for his fiancee in front of the abandoned house in Gary where her skeletal remains were found. Teddy bears and flowers line two white crosses. A plaque in front reads "Teaira A. Batey, loving mother."
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

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