Man Dies In Jan. 4 Maywood Shooting

Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Updated: 1/7/18

Featured image: The scene of a Jan. 4 homicide, on the 500 block of Lake Street in Maywood.

One man is dead and three people were wounded after a shooting that happened on Jan. 4 in Maywood, according to Maywood police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The shooting took place on the 500 block of Lake Street in Maywood. The man, Samuel Rosales, 27, lived in an apartment building in the block where the incident took place.

He was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he was pronounced dead from multiple gunshout wounds at around 11:06 p.m., according the medical examiner’s office.

Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley said that the shooting is still under investigation. He did not release information on the identity of the people who were wounded or the severity of their wounds.

No more information about the incident has been released so far. This is the village’s first homicide of 2018. VFP

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15 thoughts on “Man Dies In Jan. 4 Maywood Shooting”

  1. Last year in 2017, Maywood had a record of more than 10 homicides. Now, reading this article, it recorded its first homicide in 2018. To Michael: I applaud your work of bringing in local activities, events, and news that is taking place in Maywood. My suggestion and advice to you is maybe you need to host a town hall meeting at the Quinn Community Center, and invite the residents in Maywood to discuss the gun violence epidemic that is happening in Maywood. Make sure that there is a Spanish translator to help the Latino community in Maywood.

    I am tired of typing ways to fix the violence in the “Post Comment” section. Maywood residents need to wake up and work together to stop this gun violence epidemic.

  2. I agree, accountability is not important to the residents in the village. We must understand every culture is being attack in the village. This is a senseless attack on our people and my condolence goes out to the decease family. We must come together as residence of the village an take a stand against this violence, once you look back a couple of weeks ago someone got killed an shot inside the grocery store. A couple of days someone got shot at 1st roosevelt during the daylight hours. The violence is not getting any better. Who is accountable?

    1. HISPANIC LOVE: Thank you for agreeing this. Mr. Michael Romain did two town hall meetings that was sponsored by “The Village Free Press.” One was the closing of the Aldi grocery store on 1st Ave. and Madison St. and the second one was the high water bill taxes that residents in Maywood were complaining and getting very angry on how to pay the water bill. I hope that he does a town hall meeting and invite all the residents in Maywood to discuss how to handle the gun violence, and find a strategy to treat the root causes of gun violence, not the symptoms.

      1. Just keep voting in the same people, which you have done in the past. Nothing will change, same police chief same officers. Maywood is so corrupt that it is a laughing joke to the surrounding communities. Try to go to a board meeting, public comment is at 11:00 PM at night and they could care less. The Police Chief sits there on his phone. He has job security, my goodness they barely know how to run a government meeting. Just go to one of the board meetings

  3. I was watching a invention program on 60min, and Chicago has a program where they track the violent offenders in there town with community activist. The police and activist goes to the violent offenders home and talk to the offenders. The police officers give the violent offenders a letter in reference to they are being watch and they will lock the violent offender up if he is caught breaking the law, then the activist will offer help to find the violent offender jobs or programs to provide life assistance. Chicago crime has went down since this program has been in effect. The activists was people who lost kids in the rough streets, along with ex-cons from church programs, this way violent offenders can trust the activists and relate to the offenders. This proactive approach was a successful strategy. The community and police works together to fight crime. The program will have to search for some real committed people.

    1. COMMUNITY ACTIVIST: I think it’s a good idea and the beginning strategy to combat gun violence in Maywood. But, my years of reading what has happened in the village of Maywood, there is a lack of trust with the Maywood Police Department from the residents. The Maywood Police Department needs to re-brand their department to bring back the trust from the residents of Maywood.

  4. The answer can be pretty simple to some of the crime problems–the police need to get more aggressive when tipped off about suspicious people roaming in the neighborhoods, citizens often have a pretty good idea who they are as well as the police. Second, people roaming around here who don’t live here I think are another major contributor to the problem–pull them over, ask for ID, be polite but also give them the impression that we know who they are and may be keeping an eye on them. Police have a good sense who is potential trouble or not. I’m willing to bet a good portion of our problems are “visiting” from Chicago.
    Lastly, and very importantly–I have been saying this for years but it never gets addressed properly–knuckleheads and trouble makers seem to congregate at regular properties. Again, citizens generally know what houses and stores seem to attract problems, the police know too–let police and code enforcement in particular make life complicated for these properties, they will either clean up their act or move. Those houses are usually run down and full of violations anyway.This all seems real simple, but we don’t seem to be doing it. If we want to put an end, or at least a big dent in these problems the key is for the village to get much. much more aggressive in dealing with these issues.

    1. TK: Another excellent idea what you typed at the “Post Comment” section. That was what I have been saying these past two years typing the comment that the residents of Maywood need to take a zero tolerance to say “enough is enough!” If you do wrong, we’re going to turn you in the police. Maybe you need to address this idea at the regular village board meeting at the town hall on 5th Ave., and speak during the “Citizens Comment.”

  5. TK, you have to be very careful. Maywood Village has violated the civil rights of a lot of citizens. The police can’t go around racial profiling citizens and harassing people. The village officials has to come up with a plan to stop this gun violence. The village had one death and 2 people shot in a matter of 5 days, according to village free press. We need answers to deal with this violence.

    1. Believe it not, I’ve been pretty active around the community too for quite awhile and have been vocal about all of this, but given the fact that these types of problems/shootings are taking off around town now, what you suggest then? No one is talking racial profiling–in fact not even sure how that would apply if 80% of the town in African American. I’m not suggesting harassment or profiling, something more in the line of “officer friendly” type approach. There are bad apples and trouble makers in every community and as I said citizens and police have a pretty good idea who they are, we just need to be more proactive with policing, seeing things and calling them in. That’s not harassment. Also, when you use code enforcement as one of the tools to help in this issue, you are also helping to shape up mostly derelict properties that drags down the whole block or neighborhood. As far as outsiders coming here and making problems just take a close look at all the temporary plates on cars around town–that’s usually what I see when witnessing drug deals taking place on my Block. Take a look at how old some of those temp plates are too, good reason to stop a car without the need for harassment.
      Again, no one is talking about harassing people, but we need to do more to stop the trouble that seems to be on a serious uptick around town. If we have this many shootings in Jan when its zero outside, whats going to happen when the weather gets warmer??
      If troublemakers & gangbangers know Maywood isn’t going to tolerate their presence, they will go elsewhere. If they know they can keep getting away with whatever antics they are up to, its going to be a long summer and more people are going to move and new investment in the community won’t come.
      People need to feel safe before all else

  6. Again like i said previously the leadership in the police department is none existent. I truly believe i police cheif is not doing enough. These police hardly do any patrols especially near the problem areas you never see them there that needs to stop.

  7. I can appreciate the comments left on this issue of increased crime in the village. However, more policing is not the answer. I’ve been a resident for many, many years…and the police department has always had its own problems, from nepotism to flat out, blatant corruption. We first must identify the issue in order to properly address it. People dance around it but never tackle it head on. When Mayor Daley of Chicago unveiled his 2020 plan for the revitalization of the city of Chicago, his plan called for the displacement of the city’s poorest and most disadvantaged residents in an effort to reclaim valuable land and to jumpstart the areas’ gentrification. The majority of these Chicago residents were housed at the now defunct “projects”. What followed were housing vouchers and the disbursement of these people into areas like Maywood and other communities as far west as Bolingbrook. Many of these towns, Maywood included, were not prepared for the influx of the number people with no job training and low educational opportunities. The only way to solve our problem as a community is to provide job opportunities, training and programming for the youth. People deserve to live with dignity and pride. Making your own way through life provides this feeling of pride. Criminals become criminals not because they are inherently bad people…but because they are fighting for survival…without the tools for survival. It’s our responsibility as a community to teach those of us, those without the tools, on how to be good citizens, instead of importing their way of doing things from Chicago into our dear village. We can’t absolve ourselves from the issue and blame it all on the police department or the village’s governing body, even if they are not performing up to standard. We all bear the brunt of responsibility to solve this problem. The administrators of the village work for us! We entrust them to properly disperse our tax dollars to keep our town safe and progressive. When they don’t do their jobs…then we, as a community must act! Hold them accountable! Then we must institute those opportunities in education and job training that we desperately need before our village will ever return to the utopian suburb that I remember of my youth… Once we do this…we can then live up to our motto…”Maywood: The Village of Eternal Light”

  8. Your comments are well founded and accurate, and its not just Maywood that has to deal with some of the problems you cited that Daley created, however your solution will take a generation or more to bare fruit. The problem facing us is NOW. The projects came down a decade ago, crime started waning in Maywood for awhile, but these shooting now are totally out of hand–especially given the fact that its been zero out and its only January, as I said before, what is going to happen when summer comes if we don’t tackle this more aggressively?

    1. Agreed, this problem is not unique to Maywood. As I stated earlier, the effects of this issue stretches as far west to Bolingingbrook & Naperville…and in some cases even further west to Dekalb. The major differences in our situation an theirs’ is the fact that those communities can handle the influx of additional low wage residents due to their firmly established infrastructure and booming economic bases. Maywood lacks both. What concerns me with your assesment is the insistence on requiring police officers to become more aggressive, while ignoring the crux of the issue. As, one reader already pointed out, we’ve paid plenty of tax dollars in court settlements, due to over aggressive police officers and civil liberty violations. We cannot authorize what many believe to be incompetent police officers to become more aggressive in their behaviors, as this would leave us, as a community, more vulnerable to profiling tactics aimed at citizens who may fit some generic “description” and thus leaving us liable for future court litigation once the misdeeds have been recorded. Over policing also runs the risk of sweeping up innocent people into the system and criminalizing young Black and Hispanic children. What we need to do is follow the lead of these communities who have found a way to mitigate the damage to their communities by developing economic opportunities. Job opportunities. Educational opportunities. Youth Activity opportunities. Sure, it may take some time to fully implement…but it has to be done. The problem is not going away by itself…it will take concerned citizens who understand the ramifications of further inaction. I truly understand your sense of urgency. But more aggressive police is not the answer. The answer lies within the citizens who are fed up with the village’s inaction on our economic development, underachieving police department and failing schools. The burden is on our collective shoulders.

  9. Lets concede that we both have some valid points that need to be addressed by BOTH the police and us as a civil society. Let me also point out the fact that armed robberies and carjackings (>800 last year) have gone completely out of control in Chicago in neighborhoods that were not effected too much even 2-3 years ago. Can we speculate why that is? Its because some “youth” now know there is not as much consequence to their actions as a few years ago–basically they are not as afraid of the police or sentencing as a few years ago, and its spilled into Maywood and surrounding communities. Because of political backlash against Rahm, and failure to adequately prosecute serious crimes in Chicago (including unbelievable amounts of shootings) these types of violent and deadly actions have taken off. We as a society have to do some serious sole searching and find a balance of what you allude to and a sense of safety for law abiding citizens. When you have shooting and robberies going on around you sometimes you start whistling a different tune. If people are moving out, and others who may want to make a positive contribution to the community don’t want to come here because its not safe and we aren’t doing enough to change things–you tell me whats preferable in the near term at least.
    Quick case in point: about 15 years or so ago, Orlando FL, home to a huge tourism business because of Disney was experiencing a big rash of armed carjackings (sound familiar?) of foreign tourists. Foreign governments even started warning citizens of the risk of visiting Orlando, and business started going down. If I recall, the local government changed the penalties quickly to Life imprisonment for carjackings and guess what? carjackings stopped almost immediately. My point–there has to be consequences for violent actions. In Chicago’s case they are failing, and the problems are spilling over into our communities too. We can’t let this go unchecked.

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