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‘He Was All About His Daughter,’ Say Relatives, Friends of Slain Maywood Man

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Ryan Jones, the 23-year-old Maywood native who was murdered on May 2 with his newborn daughter. | Facebook/Ryan Jones

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Ryan Jones, the 23-year-old Maywood native who was shot to death during an apparent drive-by shooting that happened in broad daylight last Tuesday on the 400 block of South 21st Avenue, was a father before he was virtually anything else say some of his relatives and friends.

“He was all about his daughter,” said Terrence Powell, the founder of Young Hope, an organization dedicated to providing local young people with alternatives to violence.

Powell was among at least 50 people who marched from 1001 Madison Street to the Maywood police station at 125 S. 5th Ave. on May 10 — a demonstration for which Jones’s seemingly senseless murder was a major catalyst.

“Ryan never posted a status that wasn’t about his daughter,” said Powell, who is also a coach for the Proviso Township Bills football organization. Powell said that Jones was a coach for the Bellwood Spartans football organization.

“We’re all from Maywood and went to Proviso East High School together,” said Dominique Banks, another friend of Jones’s. “Ryan was a cool guy. He was very educated, he was humble, down to earth. When we heard it was him who got killed, it shocked everybody.”

Jones’s sister-in-law, Tambra Pendleton, said that the Proviso East graduate was an anchor in his family and community — someone who took his vows to his wife and 2-year-old daughter very seriously.

“There are a lot of black men in Chicago that are affected by this violence and sometimes we’re under the assumption that they’re all affiliated with gangs or something like that,” Pendleton said.

“Ryan wasn’t affiliated with anything. He coached a football team. He went to Benedictine University on a full football scholarship. He was even able to get my sister a scholarship to attend that school. He was a genuine, loving, dedicated, humble guy,” she said. “He was always willing to help and was a very present, happy, joyful soul. It’s a loss to our family and community.”

Pendleton said that his family assumes Jones was mistaken for someone else. So far, it isn’t known whether or not police have identified any suspects or motives. Maywood police couldn’t be reached for comment on late Wednesday night. 

Jones’s daughter, Pendleton said, celebrated her second birthday on the Sunday following her father’s death. Pendleton and others who were interviewed said that Jones had just returned from the barbershop moments before his death.

“His barber posted on Facebook that when Ryan left the salon, he was going to take his daughter some medicine and right after that [trip] he got murdered,” said Janae Powell, a member of Young Hope.

In a tragic fit of irony, Jones’s best friend, DaShamone “Spuddy” McCarty, 19, was fatally shot in the head in May 2013 in Maywood. McCarty had been home from college and was in a car with friends when unidentified assailants pulled up in a vehicle and started spraying bullets.

“They were brothers,” said Pendleton, referencing the relationship between McCarty and Jones, who she said was often the “peacemaker” whenever an argument or conflict would come up between anyone in Jones’s presence.

“Ryan never had any run-ins with anyone,” she said. “He always wanted to mend things. That it happened right in front of my mother’s house is even more sad because it’s like the constant memory we have of him, always coming over there. Now, we have the constant memory of him not being able to come over anymore.”

Terrance Powell, who said that the Proviso Bills football organization plans to march again in Maywood on Saturday after their practice ends at around 2 p.m., said that Jones’s last Facebook post pretty much summed up Young Hope’s mission.

“When he got killed, I went to his Facebook page and the last status he posted was, ‘Today I woke up so motivated,’” Powell recalled. “It hit me like, he woke up motivated and that’s how he ended his day? But that’s what we about. No matter what’s going on, you got to be motivated. United we stand, divided we fall. That’s what we all about right now.”

Pendleton said that Jones’s funeral services will take place on Saturday, May 13, 10 am. until 11 a.m., and 11 a.m. until 12 p.m., at Rock of Ages Baptist Church, 1309 Madison St. VFP

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In Maywood, A Day Of Remembrance For Victims Of Violence And Its Vicious Cycle

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The spoken word poet Paige Gillian during a Feb. 27 recital of her work at the Maywood Public Library during a A Day of Remembrance for Victims of Violence. | The Village Free Press

Day of Remembrance IIWednesday, March 2, 2016 || By Michael Romain 

A crowd of around 30 people gathered inside of a second-floor meeting room at the Maywood Public Library last Saturday, Feb. 27 listened closely to the testimony of area poet Paige Gillian, who recounted being chased by a group of men in Berwyn one night.

She said if it weren’t for her newly purchased Android cell phone, which fell loose from a coat pocket, she may not have been alive, or well enough, to be speaking that day. When the phone fell, her pursuer, distracted, slowed down, allowing her to gain some distance and run to safety.

“It could’ve all been over just like that,” she said. “Just like that. Life is serious. It is to be taken seriously.”

Gillian was among a panel of speakers and poets who shared their thoughts with community members during a Day of Remembrance for Victims of Violence, an event co-hosted by the Women’s Community Leadership Council and the group Mothers of Murdered Sons (MOMS).

A program that was circulated during the event featured a list of names, “Our Children Gone Too Soon,” of victims of violence in the Chicago area. They included young people, like Michael Brown, who have become symbols of injustice; in addition to cases, such as those of Bryeon Hunter and Dashamone McCarty, that took place closer to home.

Pac Butler, a youth advocate and filmmaker, reminded the audience that violence also tends to be perpetrated by people who have been victimized and hurt themselves.

“It wasn’t anything for us to shoot somebody,” Butler said, during a talk he gave right after Gillian delivered a poem about a friend of hers who was murdered (“He was only partying, good time with company, until his brain was blown out like leaves from a tree”).

Butler, an ex-gang member, said he was born on the South Side of Chicago and was homeless by the time he was 15 years old. He would ride the buses from one end of the city to the other just to keep warm and would wash up in restaurant bathrooms. He wore the same clothes every day.

“I did a lot of things,” he said. “I survived a couple of gunshot wounds I shouldn’t have survived.”

It took the murder of a close friend for Butler to realize, “That could’ve been me.” And it took a Chicago police officer, who took him off of the streets, for Butler to have a chance at redemption.

“When I finally had kids, [I told myself] if I was going to be boy enough to be part of the problem, I had to be man enough to be part of the solution,” he said. “So, I started volunteering with groups like” CeaseFire and Mothers of Murdered Sons.

He also produced a documentary film called “Young Bulls” about Chicago gang violence. He said he interviewed mothers like MOMS founder Phyllis Duncan and listened to their stories.

What he learned, he said, was that the epidemic of violence in Chicago and its suburbs isn’t isolated to areas where guns and crime predominate.

“This epidemic of violence doesn’t skip over the good [people and places],” he said. “It touches everybody, whether you’re bad, broke, Republican or Democrat.” VFP

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Three Charged in DaShamone McCarty Murder

The Chicago Tribune reported yesterday that three young Maywood men have been charged with the murder of 19-year-old college student DaShamone McCarty. Here’s an excerpt:

“Denzel Edwards, 20, of the 2100 block of South 2nd Avenue, and Larry Ankum, 28, of the 2100 block of South 4th Avenue were each charged with first degree murder, police said.

Edwards appeared in court on June 22 and is being held on a $750,000 bond while Ankum is expected to appear in bond court Monday morning at the Maybrook Courthouse in Maywood, police said.

Screen shot 2013-06-24 at 6.30.53 PMDuring the investigation, police determined that another passenger riding in the same car with  McCarty had a handgun and drugs. The passenger, Deaundre Carey, 20, of the 2100 block of South 4th Avenue, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and is currently out on bond, police said.”

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