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Police scene homicide Wednesday July 23 2014 1200 block West 151st Street East Chicago. | Michelle L. Quinn~for Sun-Times Media

Police on the scene of a homicide Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in the 1200 block of West 151st Street, East Chicago. | Michelle L. Quinn~for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: August 25, 2014 5:51PM



EAST CHICAGO — A 22-year-old man was found dead of a gunshot wound in an alley Wednesday afternoon.

Officers responded to a dispatch call of shots fired at 3:10 p.m. in the 1100 block of West 151st Street, East Chicago Police Chief Mark Becker said. When they arrived, the man, whose name hasn’t been released, was found in the alley near his home with a gunshot wound to the torso.

“Officers are still processing the scene,” Becker said.

Friends and relatives gathered near the crime scene said the man was “very sweet and loving” and always smiling.

“He loved to eat,” said one woman, who declined to be identified as other than a good friend of the man. “And he had two nieces he took care of while their mom worked.”

“We’re all family,” said another woman, who also declined to be identified. “He made us laugh.”

Another woman said she was planning to watch a video from the man’s senior year at East Chicago Central, where he and classmates talked about where they were going to college and reflections of their final year of high school.

East Chicago Officer John Richmond, a friend of the man’s family, said he was at a bank when he heard the call over the radio. He rushed over to the East Chicago Library branch where the man’s grandfather works to notify him.

The grandfather had left for the day, so a library employee called him so Richmond could give him the news.

“I grew up with [the man’s] mom and dad, and I’ve never known him to be someone to get in trouble,” Richmond said. “This is a mystery to me as well. It’s just shocking to me.

“It feels like it was family.”

Becker said anyone with information on the homicide is encouraged to call 391-8542 or 391-8500 if they wish to remain anonymous.



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