Wednesday, July 31, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Updated: 2:35 p.m.
Featured image: Dean Stansberry, 38, holds up a #JusticeForIsiah t-shirt during a July 23 press conference in Maywood. | File
Last week, Dean Stansberry, 38, stood outside of the Family Dollar on the 1000 block of South Madison St. in Maywood to protest the unsolved murder of his stepson, Isiah Scott — the 19-year-old who was fatally shot just feet away from the store in March.
On July 30, Stansberry himself was murdered outside of his home, on the 1200 block of South 13th Ave. in Maywood. Yarnell M. White, 30, of Maywood, was also killed, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
So far, law enforcement authorities have not indicated whether or not the murders of the two men are connected to Scott’s murder in March.
In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Maywood police said that officers responded to calls of shots fired at around 6:22 p.m. When they arrived, they found both men in need of medical assistance.
First responders took White and Stansberry to Loyola University Medical Center. Both men were in critical condition by the time they arrived at the hospital, but died shortly afterward.
Stansberry was pronounced dead at 7:20 p.m. while White was pronounced dead at 6:50 p.m. Both men died of multiple gunshot wounds and their deaths ruled homicides, according to the medical examiner’s office, which said that White and Stansberry lived on the same block.
Since the death of his stepson on March 12 in Maywood, Stansberry and his wife, Kisha, Scott’s mother, had been on a crusade to find Scott’s killers — who they suspected were former friends of the 19-year-old.
During an interview in May, Dean and Kisha said that they had even had the alleged murderers, who had been classmates of Scott’s, in their home for dinner. They said that, while many people witnessed the murder and knew the killers, no one had come forward to the police.
On July 23, Dean and Kisha gathered with roughly 60 other people at the site of Scott’s murder for a press conference held to condemn the code of silence that the couple said was a contributing factor in Scott’s murder not being solved and to announce the existence of a $5,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest.
The reward was made possible, in part, through funds provided by Purpose Over Pain, an organization run out of the Faith Community of St. Sabina that provides support and resources for parents who have lost children to gun violence. Kisha Stansberry is an active member of the organization.
Father Michael Pfleger, the pastor of St. Sabina, was at the press conference. Pfleger said that Scott’s “life was lost because we are a country in love with guns and guns are how we handle our arguments. We’ve got to deal with the gun issue.
“Secondly, too many people who are witnesses don’t want to be labeled as a snitch,” he said. “The greatest deterrent to violence is catching people who do it and locking them up.”
On Tuesday night, after learning of Dean’s murder, Pfleger took to Facebook to condemn the violence again.
During last week’s press conference, Dean held up a t-shirt bearing a hashtag that had become the family’s motto over the last few months: #JusticeForIsiah.
“The entire town knows who killed him,” Kisha Stansberry said in May. “They’re buzzing. They’re talking about it. But people don’t want to consider themselves a snitch.”
Dean said at the time that he places the uncooperative witnesses into two categories: those who don’t want to be labeled a snitch and those who may be afraid of retaliation. He also said confidently that he was not afraid of Scott’s alleged murderers.
“We want people to know that the guys who killed Isiah are not those guys,” Dean said. “They weren’t even in a street gang.”
Maywood police said they’re currently investigating the case. So far, no one is in custody. If anyone has information that might lead to an arrest, police are requesting they call (708) 450-4450 and ask to speak to Det. R. Brown. VFP
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