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Chicago bluesman Eric ‘Guitar’ Davis killed in South Shore shooting

Eric 'Guitar' Davis performs Chicago Blues Festival Grant Park June 11 2011. Davis 41 was found fatally shot vehicle 6700

Eric "Guitar" Davis performs at the Chicago Blues Festival at Grant Park on June 11 2011. Davis, 41, was found fatally shot in a vehicle in the 6700 block of South East End Avenue about 5:20 a.m. Dec. 19, Chiacago Police said. | Sun-Times file photo

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Updated: January 21, 2014 11:28AM



A Chicago blues guitarist was shot to death early Thursday in the South Shore neighborhood.

Chicago Police officers found Eric “Guitar” Davis, 41, shot multiple times inside a vehicle in the 6700 block of South East End Avenue about 5:20 a.m. Thursday, police said.

Davis, of the 14200 block of South Eggleston Avenue in Riverdale, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said.

Chicago blues legend Linsey Alexander said Davis was hanging out at Kingston Mines, a North Side blues bar, on Wednesday night. Nobody answered the phone at the club Thursday afternoon.

“The last time I did open mic he was there with his kids,” Alexander said. “He had a good personality. He didn’t try to harm nobody.”

Davis and the Troublemakers were scheduled to play Sophie’s in Downstate Clinton later this month, club manager Rudy Barrera said. Davis was scheduled to play three shows at the Beale on Broadway in St. Louis after Christmas, according to his website.

“He put a lot of energy into his shows,” Barrera said. “He was very personable when you talked to him. Very happy . . . very laidback.”

“A lot of musicians have a little ego, but this guy was just good,” he said. “He was fun and involved the crowd. He would bring a lot of people on stage. . . . He had a lot of energy and carried the whole place on his shoulder.”

Fans took to social media as word of Davis’ death spread. On the Eric “Guitar” Davis and the Troublemakers Facebook page, Lou DiMenna posted “RIP A huge loss to the blues community. My heart goes out to his family.”

Area South detectives were investigating.



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