Friday, December 28, 2007
Cottage Grove, a woman was shot by an unknown man as she and a male
companion both walked southbound on Cottage Grove. The unknown person
exited the passenger side of a light blue Chevy Corsica (Illinois
plates) and began shooting at both victims. No words were exchanged.
When the victims ran from the incident, the shooter returned to the
vehicle and fled northbound on Cottage Grove. The female victim was
treated at a local hospital. Police are investigating.*
Thursday, December 20, 2007
BY DAVE NEWBART <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> Staff Reporter
A third suspect charged in the murder of a University of Chicago
graduate student was ordered held without bond Saturday.
Benjamin Williams, 21, of Dolton, was alleged to have acted as a scout
and lookout for a group of teens involved in a series of robberies Nov.
18 near the U. of C. campus.
Authorities said he was one of five people involved. The other two
Williams allegedly helped identify potential victims and then watched
out for police. Authorities said he admitted his role in the spree.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Illinois Central viaduct, a woman was walking westbound from Stony
Island when she heard running footsteps behind her. When she turned
around an unknown man pointed a small chrome revolver at her, demanded
her wallet and money. He took her cell phone and wallet and fled east
and south from the location. Police are investigating.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
the Nov. 19 attempted robbery and fatal shooting of Amadou Cisse. Eric
Walker, 16, was charged as an adult with first-degree murder and one
count of attempted armed robbery with a firearm in connection with
Cisse's death in an incident that occurred at 1:26 a.m. at 6120 S. Ellis
Avenue. He was also charged with two counts of armed robbery with a
firearm in connection with the robbery of two women at 924 E. 57th St.
at 1:15 a.m. that morning by an individual who said he had a weapon. A
third incident, for which he was also charged with one count of armed
robbery with a firearm, occurred in connection with the robbery of a man
in the 5300 block of S. Greenwood Avenue at about 1 a.m. that day.
This morning, a second person was charged in connection with related
incidents on Nov. 19. Demetrius Warren, 17, was charged with two counts
of armed robbery for the robbery of the two women on 57th St., and one
count of armed robbery in connection with the robbery of the man on S.
Greenwood Avenue. Additionally, Warren was charged with aggravated
discharge of a weapon in connection with a fourth incident that morning
at 12:33 a.m. at 6045 Woodlawn Avenue, in which a man was chased by an
individual who fired a shot in his direction.
The Chicago Police Department was able to find a car fitting the
description given by two robbery victims and which had been recorded on
Medical Center cameras. University Police and Medical Center staff were
able to locate this vehicle on Medical Center cameras that are deployed
in the area of the robbery of the two students.
Rudy Nimocks, UC Police Chief, put it well when he said: "We are also
saddened for the other young persons involved in this case. We see too
much violence against young people, in many cases committed by other
young people. We must all think about ways to confront the causes of
crime in addition to being diligent in our efforts to arrest the
offenders and make our community as safe as possible."
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
male was walking with his sister and other teens on 61st Street between
Kimbark and Kenwood. A beige sedan passed them and someone inside the
car fired several shots in their direction, one of which struck the
victim in the right leg. The victim was taken to the University of
Chicago Medical Center, where he is listed in good condition. Police
believe that this is the aftermath of an earlier fight that occurred
near the Hyde Park Academy involving the victim's older brother. The
police are investigating.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Please call 773-702-2022 to arrange for a trip to and from anywhere in the UCPD coverage area:
North to 39th Street, south to 64th Street
East to Lake Shore Drive, west to Cottage Grove Avenue
SafeRide is available until 4 a.m. Sunday - Thursday nights and 6 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
A reader has contributed the following post. It is particularly relevant in light of the University's pledge to assess and improve the SafeRide system:
...my fiancée told me about the Amadou Cisse’s shooting last night. Lev lives around 56th Street and South Cottage Grove and was mugged just after he moved in in September, and we’ve been in shock how dangerous the neighborhood is and how little the University does to protect students—especially graduate students, who tend of live on the edges of the campus neighborhood where it’s less safe and who also are more likely to work long hours.
What do you think we can do to encourage the University to create a better shuttle system to drop students off? I’m not talking about having a police officer walk you home, which few are inclined to do (and few males)—but a frequent, available service that students could rely on. All other universities I’ve been to have this.
In New York, where I live, we have a very successful non-profit called Right Rides (www.rightrides.org), where volunteers drive women home between 12-3 on Saturday nights. It goes a long way to create a sense of community and to make people feel safe. Maybe someone within the university could start some kind of volunteer program like this, and then the university would catch on and create a better shuttle service. In any case, it’s a good model for people to know about. I was also at Princeton recently where we took a shuttle where the driver/navigator were logging work-study hours, which also had a good feel because students were helping other students. Of course the University needs to step up to the plate here, but getting students involved in helping each other does the community psychological good.
If you know of any community meetings where people are discussing this, or if you know of people in the University administration we should be writing to, we’d really appreciate the info.
Feel free to post this on your blog if it’s helpful.
Two Hyde Park Residents
University president Zimmer sent an email about its security response to Amadou's murder:
-The police substation at 61st and Drexel is now open.
-Two vans have been added to the SafeRide program. The hours for the SafeRide program have been expanded to begin at 10 p.m. Phone lines have been added to ensure that callers will be able to reach a dispatcher with their pickup request.
Comment: The university needs to communicate more clearly what the SafeRide is, and how to use it. They should also add a web or text-message interface to request SafeRide.
-A Working Group on Safety and Security will be co-chaired by Kim Goff-Crews, Vice President and Dean of Students in the University, and Rick Rosengarten, Dean of the Divinity School and current Chair of the Committee on Crime Prevention and Security on Campus and in the Neighborhood. The group will review policing, transportation, lighting, and dissemination of information; solicit ideas for improving campus safety; and make recommendations about additional improvements we should undertake.
-The University has hired an external security firm to conduct a thorough review of security measures.
-UCPD Chief Rudy Nimocks has been working closely with Chicago Police Superintendent Dana Starks, and the Chicago Police Department also has increased its patrols in the neighborhoods near campus.
-President Zimmerman will be meeting with Mayor Richard M. Daley to ask for his support in finding ways to further reduce crime in our community.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
At 12:49 a.m., Friday, November 23, on Kimbark Avenue near 57th Street, two men were walking when two other men came from behind, displayed handguns, demanded and took the victims' valuables, and fled. Police are investigating.
Over 13 hours for the Safety Awareness Alert to be sent to subscribers. Although, as the University police chief pointed out, most of the crimes are one-offs.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
More information about the life of Amadou Cisse, a collection of memories, and information about memorial events have now been added to the original post.
Additional details about the three crimes of that evening have been compiled, including a photo of the car potentially used by the assailants (updated Nov. 21 8 AM).
After attending last night's press release, we have written an analysis of the University's response.
We are planning a post about the community response. Please email your thoughts to email@example.com, or post a comment here.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Last updated 11:55pm November 19
The University of Chicago held a press conference to field questions about the recent murder of Amadou Cisse and associated crimes. The police believe that the murder resulted after an attempted robbery. The wallet was still on the victim, but there was evidence of a struggle, and his books had been dropped some distance away.
In response, the university stated that they will expand the number of officers patrolling between 55th and 64th after midnight. They will also add an extra van for late night ride service. Students have complained that the service is inadequate. The university will also add a police substation on the South campus in the Woodlawn neighborhood. One student complained that although the university emphasizes all of its safety measures, the university never educates students on just how dangerous the neighborhood can be.
No emergency notification after shootings
Many questions at the meeting surrounded the lack of any use of the emergency notification system to alert students that a crime had occurred. In particular, no warning was issued in the hour between the first shooting and the murder, or after the murder itself. One student asked "what is the use of an emergency notification system if it is not used until the morning after the crime?" The University sent an email at 10:40 AM, and a text message to phones at 11:13 AM.
Several questions reflected the lack of any notification for many crimes that occur. The university representative said that they are reviewing their policy. An audience member also questioned why a working emergency phone is not operating near the area of the murder (it has been disconnected during construction).
A personal comment
Would an emergency email after the first shooting have saved Amadou's life? Very likely. Amadou, like most other students, probably had his email open until he left his office that night. He would have seen a warning email in plenty of time, and would have known to take extra precautions. The university needs to be more vigilant about warning the community about ongoing crime.
In my own experience when I was mugged three years ago, the emergency phone I tried to use was not operational, and no notification was ever sent out about the crime. I only found out about how much crime was going on when I arrived at the police station to view a lineup, and a whole room was filled with people that looked just like me.
As a person who often works late at the University, I have been stuck several times with no transportation options late night during the summer or after 2 AM. Several times I have had to convince the 2AM bus to take me home rather than going off duty. While the University police offers umbrella service, I think many people, including myself, are hesitant to ask a police officer to follow them while they walk 30 minutes to their home.
Last updated Nov. 25
The University community is mourning the loss of Amadou L. Cisse last night. Amadou was 28 years old. He was an international graduate student from Senegal studying at the University of Chicago. Senegalse officials said Cisse was the son of a deceased military officer. His mother, two brothers and a sister live in Dakar, the nation's capital.
Amadou was a student in Steven Sibener's group in the Chicago Materials Research Center where he studied atomic oxygen erosion. Amadou's doctoral dissertation was entitled "Photodegradation of Poly(Methyl Methacrylate) and Applications in Surface Science and Diffusion Studies". He defended his dissertation on November 1, and completed the requirements for a Ph.D. in chemistry. The University will award him the degree posthumously. As a student, Amadou co-authored several research papers, including Self-Assembly of FePt Nanoparticles on Modified Diblock Copolymer Templates. In 2002 he was awarded the McCormick Fellowship.
Amadou was a chemistry teaching assistant at the University. One student remembered that "he was always trying to get his section to score the highest on the exams, and we usually did because he helped us so much."
Amadou majored in chemistry at Bates College, where he graduated in 2001. One friend who left a comment here described him as "the brightest chemistry student I have ever met."
According to postings he made on the internet, Amadou was interested in contemporary African literature, including works by Mariama Ba. He enjoyed jogging and lifting weights. He was a Muslim who was interested in preserving traditional values of modesty in Senegal. A commenter left a message indicating that he was fluent in several languages, carrying on conversations in French and English at the same time.
"As a Muslim, she [his mother] said that what happened is from God," said Sadio Cissokho, consul general of the Senegalese Embassy in Washington. He said she is awaiting the return of her son's body, which she wants to bury quickly in accordance with Muslim practice.
Memorials to Amadou
If you knew Amadou, we invite you to leave a memory in the comments section. Please email photos you would like to share to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be a candlelight vigil at 3:30 tomorrow (Tuesday November 20), hosted by Student Government, in the Central Quad (Rain Location in Kent Lobby).
Remembrances from the Sibener Group
Amadou loved Senegalese music so much, that he recorded it onto tapes from Senegalese radio online. That's why he still had a walkman. He was planning to get an iPod after graduation. His whole life was on hold till after graduation.
Amadou was a teaching assistant for general chemistry several times over the course of his graduate studies. He greatly enjoyed teaching and was very devoted to his students. I think working with students was one of the things he most enjoyed. He was always talking about how to improve his students' understanding of the material and rooting for their success.
He said quantum mechanics was the hardest class he took in graduate school. He used to take the problem sets and struggle all weekend over the problems in the library. He was very proud of having done so well in that class. Toward the end of his time here, he was working on complex diffusion problems, and I think he was happy to be once again spending his time searching through textbooks trying to understand his results. I think this was probably his favorite part of research.
Amadou was a quiet, humble, and kind man as well as a wonderful friend. He will always be remembered for those qualities, his diligence, and his hard-working ways. He was a good man taken from us much too soon. Words cannot express how much we will miss him.
Saffi has written a prayer in memory of Amadou:
Inna Lillahi wa Inna Ilayhi Raji'oon (Indeed everything is from Allah and to Allah we will return)
May Allah enter him into the highest ranks of Jennah among the Shuhadaa, May Allah ease the loss of his family and friends, and May Allah help us to rectify the society which causes such senseless killings.
Memorials emailed to hydeparkcrime
I am very sad seeing the video report the death of Amadou cisse. I’m senegalese leaving in italy i am very chocked by that news. I join my solidarity to his familly, and saying them courage in helding the futur. But police must do their job to find out the killer and justice be done.
Ba insa and familly
I did not know him but I wish to pay homage to a young man that well represented himself, his family and Senegal abroad! May he rest in pace may Allah accept him in his paradise! Amen! Gabriel Sylla(Canada)
May God bless U bro...You've been a homie .........We will always remenber. Jules Dex
The sudden and absurd death of Amadou Cisse is a tremendous lost to humanity. An intellectual elite and a will be pioneer in the man kind progress has been once again victim of a village idiot act. This tragedy highlights the taboo topic of black on black crime which wipes out the scarce and proud young black men and women who’re devoted in fulfilling the common believe of the used to be oppressed.
Oh Senegal, Sunugal,
Oh mother Africa, dry your tears, you’ve lost one of your brightest son but his death won’t be in vain.
We pray for a better world and may god host him in eternal paradise. Rest in peace, beloved brother …….
I am deeply touched by this crime. It shows the how insensitive, cruel, and inhuman people are nowadays. I knew him back to high school. Even though we have never talked (because he was in the 10th while I was in the 7th'), I admired him a lot. He was smart, and had a light in his eyes. He was such an exceptional human being, that I can not find the right words to express my sorrow. To Amadou Lamine Cisse's family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. you have my deepest sympathy. May ALLAH (SWT) bless his soul. May he protect him against: the temptations of death and the tomb, hell, and against djajjal. May he be part of those who walk on the Sirat Al Mustakhima bridge and enter the heavenly world. May ALLAH (SWT), preserves his soul and help him find peace. May ALLAH (SWT) gives faith, courage and strength to his hurtful family. As short as his live seems to have been to us, we do not have the power to choose who lives long or short. We do not have the power to undo death. But we have the power to chose to mourn no more this gentle soul, and celebrate his life, by maintaining his name as a legacy and make sure that he remains unforgotten because of who the person he was. Let us always remember this wonderful young man whose life in this world had been awfully taken, but whose story is one of the greatest. In Loving memory of Amadou Lamine Cisse, Loving son, brother and friend, Gentle soul! --Ndeye Yacine Mbodj
Additional memorial reflections can be found here...
Last updated 8:25 am Nov. 21
12:33 AM: Chase and shooting of staff member in dead end street
At 12:33 a.m. at 6045 Woodlawn, a University staff member noticed a car nearby pull up to him, according to Olivia Boyd, a friend. "He knew that something was very wrong, so he ran," Boyd said. "Someone got out of the car and chased him. That was when he was shot at." The shooting occurred in a dead end street, and although he was not shot, he was forced to jump a fence in order to avoid the gunfire, wounding himself in the process.
1:15 AM: Attack by five armed men
At 1:15 a.m., two female students were robbed at 924 E. 57th St. by five armed men. Police provided relatively vague descriptions that identified the men as about 17 to 20 years old of average height and weight, possibly driving a light-colored car.
1:25 AM: Murder during attempted robbery
Amadou Cisse, an international student completing his Ph.D. degree in chemistry, was shot and killed at 1:26 a.m. in the street near 6120 S. Ellis Ave in the Woodlawn Neighborhood. Amadou lived in a house at 6130 S Ellis.
According to the Tribune, Amadou was walking when the gunman approached him, Calumet Area Detective David Fietko said. Cisse died on the scene after he was shot. Amadou was shot in the chest, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office and Police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer. Cisse was pronounced dead at 4:25 a.m. at the Stein Institute.
According to NBC5, Police are seeking a dark-colored car believed to be involved in the shooting in the South Side's Woodlawn neighborhood. A 75-year-old man who lives near the shooting told police he heard the gunfire, looked out his window, saw the victim on the ground and a dark-colored car driving away, according to a Calumet Area detective. Authorities do not have a description of the assailant but did recover a small-caliber gun from the scene, which they are trying to trace. The shooter remained unknown and nobody was in custody at 5 a.m., the detective said. The University of Chicago is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for this crime.
Chicago Police are looking for a light silver, gray or white four-door sedan with red doors on the driver’s side (pictured on left).
Police are investigating whether or not these incidents are related. Anyone who might have information related to any of these incidents should call the Chicago Police Department’s Area 2 Violent Crimes at 312-747-8272.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Man shot by another man in my apt. building at 5480 Cornell last night. Shooting was in self defense, victim of shooting was threatening to break shooter's skull with a vodka bottle.
Thanks to the reader for sending for the news tip.
October 19: Additional details:
A 24-year-old Hyde Park resident who was registered at one time as a U of C student is in critical condition after being shot in the chest during an altercation with a neighbor Wednesday night. The neighbor, 48, was found by the state attorney to have acted in self-defense, and no charges will be filed.
“Apparently the 24-year-old guy and his friend were in the lobby around 7:30, extremely drunk, and came up to the man while he was checking his mail and made fun of him for being fat,” said Brian Hinkle (A.B. ’07), who also lives in their apartment building at 5480 South Cornell Avenue. “They then went up in the elevator with him, continuing to yell at him and then pushed him.”
ccording to police, the men followed the 48-year-old, whom Hinkle was able to identify by the first name Everett, into the fourth-floor hallway and then “verbally and physically assaulted him,” at one point striking him with a vodka bottle.
“The 24-year-old threatened the 48-year-old, started hitting him, yelling at him, and then followed the older man down the hallway,” said Chicago Police Officer JoAnn Taylor.
As the older man tried to enter his apartment, his younger assailant kicked in the door behind him and continued to attack him. The older man then retrieved a gun from inside his apartment and shot the 24-year old.
“By virtue of being a security guard, the guy had a .38 snub nose revolver in his apartment, so he grabbed it and shot him once in the chest,” Hinkle said. “It’s actually a miracle he’s alive; the bullet went in right near his heart. When my neighbor came out to perform first aid she thought he was dead because he didn’t get up at all.”
Monday, October 08, 2007
- The 6 is probably the safest, because you get on it and it takes you straight here.
- 28X, 2, and 173 are equally good but they don't come as often.
- If you're traveling alone at night, avoid the 47th, 51st, Garfield, and 63rd stops on the Green Line and definitely avoid the Red Line's 51st stop
- The Metra is great if you have a schedule, and probably the safest (besides a taxi)
- Consider the 4. It runs along Cottage Grove to 35th street, then goes onto Indiana, and then north to Michigan. ...by taking the 4, you'll avoid having to walk through all of Hyde Park in the dead of night.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Sunday Night or Monday morning someone pulled 12 spikes out of the Metra Electric line near 103rd. It may be connected to the estranged spouse of an engineer who may have also fired shots at several trains. It is being investigated by the FBI.
In this video, Kim Vatis reports from th 51st street Hyde Park Metra station.
Monday, September 24, 2007
One of the victims, a 17-year-old boy, was shot in the neck and remains in critical condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The other, a 16-year-old girl, was shot in the leg and was listed in stable condition at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.
There is no indication yet that the two incidents are linked.
The Sun Times reported today that South-Sider Cory Dillard, 18, was shot at around 8:30 p.m. at 57th Street and South Calumet Avenue, on the west side of Washington Park. Dillard died from his injuries at the U of C's Bernard Mitchell Hospital, where he was being treated.
A 26-year-old woman, also being treated at the U of C, is reportedly in good condition. Northwestern Memorial Hospital listed a third shooting victim in stable condition, according to the Sun Times.
The three suspects in custody have not been charged in connection with the incident.
Debra Hamilton of Chicago, a member of NALC Chicago Branch 11, was named Central Region Hero for administering CPR to an unconscious traffic victim in January, 2006 as she was on her way to work delivering mail in Chicago’s Hyde Park section. When no pulse was detected, Hamilton, 37, ran to the trunk of her car and retrieved a pair of sweat pants and her bagged lunch. The carrier tucked the pants under the woman’s neck in order to clear the airway and used a sandwich bag from her lunch to create a protective barrier. As she administered CPR, the woman regained consciousness. Hamilton stayed with the victim until an emergency team arrived. Source
Monday, September 17, 2007
Body Found After Apparent Fall From High Rise
Xavier Washington, 14, of 6140 S. Kimbark Ave., was pronounced dead at 9:35 p.m. Sunday. The boy was shot at 5700 S. Wabash Ave., according to the medical examiner’s office.
The incident occurred about 9 p.m. as the two were traveling inside a car near South Wabash Avenue and 57th Street when someone outside the car shot him, according to a Wentworth Area detective.
After the two were shot, the car crashed, according to Wentworth District police. The driver, a male who is older than 14, was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was paralyzed from the waist down.More about Exzavia
The women were beaten and robbed in the vicinity of 5400 South Cornell Avenue about 11:45 p.m. Monday, according to a police alert.
The three black males, wanted for armed robbery, are believed to be between 17 and 21 years old. One is about 5-foot-6 and 135-140 pounds, the alert said. The second is described as 5-foot-8 and 160 pounds. A description of the third suspect was not available.
All three offenders were wearing white T-shirt s and dark pants, and were armed with chrome handguns.
Anyone with information should contact detectives at (312) 747-8382.