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11 dead, at least 43 wounded in holiday weekend shootings

Updated: May 29, 2012 1:43PM

Eleven people are dead and at least 43 others were wounded in holiday weekend shootings across the city since Friday, including a 7-year-old girl shot while playing in front of her South Side home.

Those killed were:

◆ Ivan Alanis, 13, of the 7400 block of North Western, was shot about 2:20 a.m. Tuesday while eating pizza with his sister and a male acquaintance of the sister at a pizzeria and liquor store in the 5100 block of North Broadway, police said. Another male fired shots into the pizzeria from outside on the sidewalk, He was pronounced dead at 3:16 a.m. at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

◆ Malcolm Dowdy, 33, of the 9600 block of South Euclid, was shot in the head about 10 p.m. Monday while standing with a large group in the 1700 block of East 68th Street, police said. He was pronounced dead at Jackson Park Hospital at 10:25 p.m. A 22-year-old man was also wounded in that shooting.

◆ Marley Collins, 19, was shot in the 1500 block of South Spaulding at 5:36 p.m. Monday. Collins, of the 5000 block of West 18th in Cicero, was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital.

◆ An unidentified woman was found shot about 5:30 a.m. Monday in an alley in the 3000 block of South Kostner. A person walking a dog found the woman bleeding from the head and called emergency crews, who took her to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where she died, police said.

◆ Robert McNear, 35, of the 7100 block of South Eberhart, was dead on the scene at 1:20 a.m. Monday in the 5000 block of South St. Lawrence, according to the medical examiner’s office.

◆ Marcus Morgan, 27, died at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County at 3:20 p.m. Sunday after he was shot in head Friday night in the 5300 block of South Justine Street, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

◆ Jaleel Beasley, 19, was shot in the head and stomach in the 2400 block of West Roosevelt Road, police said. He was pronounced dead at 2:34 a.m. Sunday at Mount Sinai Hospital, the medical examiner’s office said.

◆ Jeffrey Triplett, 17, was shot about 2:15 a.m. Saturday in the 1500 block of Millard Avenue. Triplett was shot in the lower back and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, authorities said. Another 17-year-old boy was wounded in the shooting and was listed in critical condition at Mount Sinai Hospital.

◆ Jaylin Johnson, 18, shot in the head in the 1100 block of South Normal about 10:40 p.m. Saturday. He and a 21-year-old man were wounded while having a conversation on the sidewalk. Johnson, of the 11000 block of South Emerald died early Monday at Christ Hospital while the older man was seriously wounded.

◆ Mario Tempana-Vena, 69, and Lorrie Heidrick, 48, who were found dead with shotgun wounds to their chests at their apartment in the 6500 block of South Kenwood Friday night, authorities said.

(Authorities originally said the victims’ names were Avelino Sanchez and Lori Inman, but said later that those names were aliases.)

A third roommate — 52-year-old Michael Myrieckes — is accused of shooting both during what prosecutors say was a dispute over who could stay at their Woodlawn home.

Since Friday, at least 39 other people have been wounded in shootings throughout the city, police said. Seven separate shootings claimed 13 of those victims during one particularly bloody 90-minute stretch early Sunday that began about 12:45 a.m.

The youngest shooting victim was a 7-year-old girl, who was listed in good condition Saturday night, police said. She was shot about 4:20 p.m. Saturday, when a white four-door car pulled up to a group of boys near the intersection of West 69th Street and South Artesian Avenue and someone inside opened fire.

Police said none of the boys were injured, but a bullet hit the 7-year-old as she played in front of her home on South Artesian Avenue, police said. Paramedics initially took the girl in good condition to Holy Cross Hospital, police said.

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