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Chicago Homicides: Five People are Dead within an 18-Hour Period Including 74-Yr Old Man

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Reported By: Britt L

In a little over an 18-hour period, three men were killed overnight and two others died from their wounds in previous shootings, all on the South side of Chicago.

Willy Cooper, a 74-year-old deacon at St. Phillip Neri Church, was found shot to death inside his vehicle in the 7000 block of South East End overnight Thursday, reports CBS Chicago.

Just a few blocks away, a 41-year-old unidentified man was found dead in a vehicle just a half hour later on the 6700 block of South East End Avenue. Both men were shot in the same way, with multiple wounds, says the Chicago Tribune.

Police are certain that the two fatal shootings are some how related, but further investigation is underway.

Early that same evening at about 3 a.m., another unidentified male, this time 27-years-old, was fatally shot near the intersection of 53rd street and Talman Avenue in the Gage Park Neighborhood.

The male was apparently getting out of his car when a gunman approached the vehicle and opened fire. Police believe this specific crime was gang-related.

Aside from those shootings, two teens hurt in shootings earlier this week died of their gunshot wounds Wednesday.

Tuesday night, 16-year-old Christopher Ramirez was shot in the 2600 block of South Trumbull Avenue in Little Village. He died Wednesday at a local hospital at 8:39 P.M. reported the Chicago Sun-Times.

Ladarius Brisco, 17, was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital early Wednesday a little after noon. Brisco was shot in the head in the 8200 block of South Champlain in the Chatham neighborhood.

Ladarius was known for his association with Chicago street gang Black Disciple Killers, known as “BDK.”

The senseless shootings will never end, no matter how many times the city engage in talks of bringing in the National Guard.