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24-year-old charged with fatally stabbing his dad in South Side home


Updated: April 26, 2013 6:34AM

On a block of compact brick houses with “Proud Union Home” signs poking up out of many front yards and Fraternal Order of Police stickers on car windshields, Kenneth Johnson was considered a friendly neighbor who had been known to clear snow from other people’s sidewalks.

“It’s a quiet neighborhood,” said Darrell Sala, 58, a longtime resident of the Kennedy Park community where Johnson lived. “Nothing has ever happened.”

That was until early Sunday, when, Chicago Police say, Johnson, 49, was stabbed multiple times inside his home in the 11400 block of South Rockwell. He died at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

His son, Mason Johnson, 24, was charged early Monday with first-degree murder. He was being treated at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for injuries sustained in the altercation, police said.

Kenneth Johnson was an aviation security officer and shift supervisor at O’Hare International Airport, according to Chicago Aviation Department spokeswoman Karen Pride.

He had lived in a little red-brick bungalow in the middle of his block for the last six years or so, neighbors said. Some said he was married, and the couple often were seen walking their dog.

“He seemed like a nice enough fellow,” Sala said of Kenneth Johnson, who cleared snow from Sala’s sidewalk during a recent snowstorm.

One neighbor, who didn’t want her name used, said she was horrified to see news crews walking up and down Rockwell seeking comments about her neighbor.

“They were pretty nice people,” the neighbor said. “They kind of kept to themselves. They walked their dog. This is a travesty.”

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