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A Chicago woman was killed early Thursday April 24 2014 339 WilsSt. Gary. | Michelle L. Quinn~for Sun-Times Media

A Chicago woman was killed early Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 339 Wilson St., Gary. | Michelle L. Quinn~for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 26, 2014 6:24AM



GARY — The mother of three children was shot to death early Thursday at an Ambridge-Mann neighborhood home where she had been staying with a girlfriend, Lake County deputy coroner George Deliopoulos said.

The woman’s name is not being released until investigators can notify her next of kin, he said. Late Thursday afternoon, investigators had not reached any relatives, he said. The woman has an address on the west side of Chicago, but Deliopoulos said it appears she had been living at 339 Wilson St., where she was killed about 4 a.m.

Police are questioning adults who were at the house when the shooting occurred, Violent Crimes Supervisor Lt. Jack Arnold said. He said two “persons of interest” are being held for further questioning, but he declined to elaborate, saying the matter is under investigation.

The shooting on Wilson Street concluded a series of events that began about 1:30 a.m. at the Methodist Hospitals Northlake campus. Cpl. Timothy Komoscar was off duty, working as security at the hospital, when he arrested Tyronda Martin, 23, and Carl Brown, 22, both of 339 Wilson St., police records show.

Brown was charged with domestic battery and Martin was charged with disorderly conduct.

The children who were with the couple were taken by child welfare workers, who delivered them to other family members on Wilson Street, police said

Two other adults who apparently also lived at Wilson Street went to the Public Safety Facility to inquire about bonding out Martin and Brown, but left without doing so, Arnold said.

Then, minutes after 4 a.m., the woman was shot and died at the house. Police at the scene said several young children were in the home but did not provide any details. The victim’s children were taken into the custody of child welfare workers, police said. Some of the children who were at the house were being questioned late Thursday afternoon by detectives at the Lake County Family Assistance Bureau in Crown Point.

Detectives Alex Jones and Ed Jenkins are investigating the woman’s death. Anyone with information can reach them at (219) 881-1210.

The predawn homicide was the second in less than eight hours in Gary. Justin Beecher, 24, of Merrillville, was shot in the head and died outside JR’s Liquors at 401 Fillmore St., a news release from the Lake County coroner states.

Beecher was shot about 9:20 p.m. He had at least two recent drug-related cases. He pleaded guilty last year to possession of cocaine on Feb. 6 and, on Feb. 11, to maintaining a common nuisance, the result of a traffic stop by Gary police.

Arnold said no one is in custody for Beecher’s death. Detectives Lorenzo Davis and Daryl Gordon are investigating. Anyone with information can call Davis at 881-4738 or Gordon at 881-7545.

These two homicides bring the number of violent deaths in the city this year to nine.



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