Weather Updates

Families gather to remember loved ones who died at E2 nightclub in 2003

Article Extras
Story Image

Updated: March 19, 2013 6:43AM

Ten years have passed since 21 lives were snuffed out in the E2 nightclub tragedy, and family members gathered Sunday to remember, cry and pray in front of the now-vacant South Loop building where it happened.

“It’s like a burden on my heart,” said Laneisha Crawford, who was 4 when her 23-year-old mother, Demetrica Carwell, died in the overcrowded nightclub.

“I have little things of hers: the hood of her fur coat, pictures, her diploma . . . But there’s nothing I can do but remember and show respect,” said Crawford, as about 20 family members of victims gathered outside 2347 S. Michigan.

They erected 21 crosses, read the name of each victim and released balloons into a clear blue sky.

Rochelle Hicks, was celebrating her birthday the night she lost her 24-year-old daughter, Latorya McGraw.

“I miss my daughter very much. Me and her were best friends,” said Hicks, whose birthday has been a solemn occasion ever since. “She always bought me clothes. I still got the brand-new boots she got me the day before she died. . . . I have not warn them.”

© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit To order a reprint of this article, click here.