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‘It’s too much’: 2 murdered grandchildren in 6 months

Miles W. Turner his cousRichard Modell

Miles W. Turner and his cousin, Richard Modell

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Updated: November 17, 2012 6:22AM

The two teens came from one of those large families that are known by most folks on the block because they’ve lived there so long.

Florine and John Monroe — the grandparents of Modell McCambry, 17, who was killed Saturday night, and his cousin, Miles Turner, 18, who was critically injured in the same shooting — had raised six girls in their Woodlawn home in the 6500 block of South Rhodes.

In the course of more than 30 years, they also raised several of their nearly 40 grandchildren and great-grandchildren in that home.

This year, the deadly violence that has wracked Chicago’s inner city came calling on this large family, not once, but twice. Another grandchild was murdered six months ago.

And with Turner fighting for his life at a hospital on Monday, the family prayed the toll would not rise to three grandchildren.

“It’s too much. It’s too much,” the teary grandmother said Monday afternoon, as her brood gathered at her home in mourning.

Many members of her close-knit family live nearby. McCambry, who was a junior at Team Englewood Community Academy, and Turner, a senior on Leo High School’s football team, were at a family member’s home in the 6300 block of South Rhodes about 9:30 p.m. Saturday when a gunman approached and started firing.

“I talked to my son every night. He was a good kid. He played the drums in the choir at Woodlawn Union Missionary Baptist Church,” said McCambry’s mother, Marilyn Monroe, 49, who’s still in shock.

Her nephew, who was shot multiple times, underwent a second surgery Monday.

And late Monday evening, doctors summoned the family to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, fearing the outcome. Turner’s mother, Rochelle Monroe, had been there since Sunday. Her son had been looking forward to a college football scholarship.

Police said the shooting was gang-related and McCambry was likely the target, but the family said he was not in a gang.

“He just hung out with the wrong people sometimes,” his sister, Daphne Monroe, 33, said sadly.

These grandparents lost another grandson — Marlon Monroe, 23, on April 28 in a drive-by shooting a few blocks away in the 6300 block of South St. Lawrence. Monroe, a construction worker, had just finished painting a home and was walking to the corner store for a snack, his family said.

Modell McCambry, Monroe’s cousin, found his body. “Marlon was shot around 9:30. Police were still all over the place an hour later when Modell was cutting through the store parking lot on his way home,” said the oldest cousin, Ebony Monroe, 27. “He stumbled over the body and ran to tell people there was a dead body over there. When they turned the body over, he saw it was his cousin. He took that real hard. Now . . . they’re together.”

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