On this section of the
IllinoisVictims.org website we will post the names, pictures, stories, and any
other information the families wish to post of all murder victims in Illinois.
KEY TO NAMES of Photos of Murder Victims on the IllinoisVictims.org Front Page:
Left to Right: William Benjamin Jenkins, Age 16, shot in the robbery of a fast-food restaurant on his second day of work (son of IllinoisVictims.Org co-founder Bill Jenkins); Nancy Bishop Langert with her husband and their baby, all shot in Winnetka in 1990 by a thrill-killer who just wanted to see what it felt like to shoot someone (sister of Jennifer Bishop Jenkins co founder of IllinoisVictims.Org); young hero Blair Holt of Julian High School who was shot saving a girl on a Chicago school bus (Son of Ron Holt and Annette Nance Holt, IV.Org members and founders of Purpose Over Pain); Chicago Police Officer Kenneth Kaner killed in the line of duty, leaving a widow and young children, by an offender still eligible for agonizing annual parole reviews before 1978 (Father of Kurt and Kim, IllinoisVictims.Org members); Renee Olumbuni Rondeau, stabbed in a robbery near Loyola (Daughter of Gordon and Elaine Rondeau, IV.Org members and founders of the National Coalition of Victims in Action); Victoria Larson, daughter of IV Board Member Dora Larson (raped and murdered at age 10 by a parolee); Ruben Pulido, 13, a very good and promising young man shot by roving gang members while playing with his friend on his front porch (son and brother of IllinoisVictims.org members in the Pulido family); Young musician Terrell Bosley, murdered while leaving a church, unloading his musical instruments, son of Tommy and Pam Bosley; Winnebago County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Mayborne shot in the line of duty whose killer also faces annual parole reviews (Husband of IllinoisVictims.Org President Terry Mayborne); Honor Student Starkesia Reed shot in her living room while waiting for her school bus (Daughter of Denise Reed, IV.Org member); Kevin Clewer, a Cold Case - help solve it!
Click Here to see victims of killers under the age of 18 sentenced to life at the Juvenile LWOP section of the website
Here is a great resource for homicide victims families to memorialize their loved ones: www.forevernetwork.com
Here you will find a few links to outside websites that have memorial pages for those whose life has been cut short by murder - please send us other sites that we can link to:
Willsworld.com where there are many other memorial sites linked
GunVictims.org - where anyone in the nation can create a Free Tributes Web Page for their loved ones, shot and injured or killed
MEMORIALS SENT BY ILLINOIS VICTIMS
Statue built in Bartlett for Slain Husband and Father of Three Children
My sister-n-law Latrisha Pruitt, 26 yr old mother of 3, was murdered 11/24/07 in her home by the father of her 18 day old daughter. He then set the house on fire, while riding around in her car with her children and her body in the trunk. He is only charged with murder (not 1 st degree, not capital). No light has been shined on the fact the he has a long violent history, and had the justice system here been in place he would have been in prison serving time, not being free to murder Latrisha Pruitt. The offender Kortney Simon, pled guilty in 2001 to 2nd degree assault , he received 1 yr probation, in 2003 he was convicted of Domestic Violence (he beat his wife and infant daughter- which by the way we knew nothing about) he served 2 yrs and 11 months in prison. He was released from prison 04/2006 with 2 years on probation/parole. Simon was again arrested 06/2007 on probation revocation for again beating his now ex-wife. He was released 08/2007 with a no contact order. Since his 2006 release from prison, he also beat, and strangled another woman, leaving her unconscious on the side of an abandoned house, when the woman can to , she got up running down the street screaming for help. When Simon saw this he ran over her with his automobile, dragging her several hundred feet knocking her thru a fence, before fleeing the scene. He permanently paralyzed this woman for the rest of her life. Simon pled guilty and was convicted of this crime 01/2008 and is currently serving a life with parole sentence in Donaldson Correctional facility in Bessemer Alabama as he is awaiting trial for the murder of Latrisha Pruitt. What we don't understand, is that if he was on parole, when he again beat his ex-wife, why did he not go back to prison to serve out the rest of his term? Ok, well even if he didn't go back for that then why when committed the attempted murder offense why was he not sent back to prison, or at least not given a bond given his violent history? This is a complete injustice to us all. From what I understand, even had he not had such a violent past, had he never been in trouble before, the act of murdering Latrisha then setting her home on fire should make him eligible to be charged with capital murder... We are turning to you for help in this case... Please, anything you can do would be such a blessing to our family. I am her sister-n-law, I am married to her oldest brother James. We are just beside ourselves trying to get justice in her case... Latrisha's twin brother is lost without her, her children are now separated, the oldest two (ages 7 and 5 are with their father) Her newborn infant is with her brother and I... Losing her is beyond words... Latrisha was a remarkable woman in life... Latrisha was an awesome mother, sister, daughter, aunt, and friend. Latrisha would help anyone in need, and was always there for anyone who needed her. Latrisha was not the type of woman to knowingly put herself in an abusive relationship. Latrisha's smile and laughter were contagious her presence is very dearly missed. Latrisha has never been in trouble, she was a upstanding citizen, but her murderer has more rights than she does... Simon will live to see another day, he can tell his family how much he loves them, his family can visit him for an hour each week. Latrisha can't crawl out of her grave and visit with her children and family... Where is justice for the families left behind? Please help not only our family, but all the other families that served this kind of injustice for their murdered loved ones... Simon's arraignment is scheduled for March 28, 2008 ... Thank you for your time and consideration...
Christy Pruitt and Family
For more case information, please visit http://www.latrishapruitt.virtual-memorials.com
A Legendary Voice of Wisdom Lost
Though not a murder victim in Illinois, still a loss that I take personal perogative as webmaster to post. One of the great authors of all time, the legendary Kurt Vonnegut, visited Illinois shortly before his death. Speaking to librarians gathered at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, he gives IllinoisVictims.Org founder, Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins (his devoted fan) a hug.
One of the few writers able to truly articulate loss and the staggering consequences of human violence and criminal behavior, yet with a never-ending ability to make his readers laugh and think at the same time, he was a gift to us all.
His most famous work SlaughterHouse Five was based on his own true story almost being killed in Dresden, Germany during World War II.
We miss you, Kurt. Thank you for your incredible stories - you changed the world.
name is Theresa Jordan. I am the cousin of Rebecca McEvoy who died at age 11
while awaiting trial in Mobile,Al.
The courts have thrown out her police statements and DHR counseling statements already! There is not much more evidence left to speak for her. Do you know if Crawford is in fact a translation of the Constitution? If so, then yes our constitution needs changes for victim's like Becca. We have ask for Becca to have a law in her honor.
KEVIN CLEWER - Help us solve this crime!
Help Solve Kevin Clewer's Murder Your help is appreciated... Welcome! This site was created to bring awareness to the still unsolved 2004 murder of Kevin Clewer. Kevin was found by our father in Kevin's Lakeview Apartment bedroom (stabbed 42 times in the back) after a night out on the Halsted strip in Boystown. Please take some time to view Kevin's site and consider what you can do to help spread this information in hopes of finding the answers. Will you forward the site to a friend? Do you know any details about the last few days of his life or about his murder? Did you see him at Roscoe's or Little Jim's? Will you share these details with the Chicago Police Department or Crimestoppers? Thank you! Ron Clewer Kevin's Brother Watch Nov-2008 episode HERE... Kevin Clewer, Chicago, IL - Murdered March 24, 2004