Two charged in shooting death of 6-year-old girl
BY ART GOLAB Staff Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org March 18, 2012 4:01PM
Aliyan Shell, 6 year old girl killed in front of her home at 3118 S. Springfield in Chicago, Sunday, March 18, 2012. | John H. White~Chicago Sun-Times.
Updated: April 20, 2012 8:11AM
As Chicago experienced record warm weather for March, gun violence erupted across the city over the weekend, leaving ten dead and at least 39 wounded.
The youngest to die was 6-year-old Aliyah Shell, shot in broad daylight in front of her parents as she played on her family’s porch in Little Village Saturday afternoon.
A pickup truck had stopped in front of the home in the 3100 block of South Springfield. One person got out and fired four shots. Two bullets struck the girl, said neighbor Rey Navarro.
“She was a happy child,” said her uncle Roy Aguilar. “When everybody was sad, she was always happy, with a smile on her face no matter what.”
On Sunday, police charged two teenagers with Aliyah’s murder: Juan Barraza, 18, and a 16-year-old boy who was already wanted on a previous arrest warrant.
Police sources said the attack on Aliyah and most of the other weekend killings may have been gang-related.
“She didn’t deserve it. She was just a child having a good time in the summer weather,” said her uncle. “There was nobody around and but kids and parents. I can’t understand what kind of people would do that.”
Other killings the weekend included:
Joel Sanroman, 42, shot in the head early Saturday as he drove in the 3100 block of West 53rd in the Gage Park neighborhood.
† Adrian Cruz, 24, shot multiple times around 7 p.m. Saturday while standing in the 5900 block of South Fairfield in Chicago Lawn.
† Vincent Fitts, 22, found shot in the head at 7:50 p.m. Saturday near 79th and Cottage Grove.
† Jeremy Anthony, 24, who police believe drove himself to the University of Chicago Medical Center after being shot in the back while sitting in his car in the 6300 block of South Ellis in the Woodlawn neighborhood.
† Bert Lindsey, 36, killed early Sunday from shots fired from a passing vehicle into a backyard party in the 7500 block of South Wolcott in Auburn-Gresham.
† Anthony Scott, 19, was fatally shot in the head Friday night in the 6300 block of North Oakley.
Non-fatal shootings ranged across the city from Jefferson Park to West Pullman. Among them was a 1-year-old girl and her mother, both grazed by bullets Sunday afternoon in the South Side Chatham neighborhood.
Contributing: Sun-Times Media