Family Of Murdered National Guardsman Pass Out Flyers, Hopes For Information

CHICAGO (CBS) – The family of a murdered National Guardsman passed out leaflets on Saturday in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, to hopes to receive a lead on the suspect.

25-year-old Denzel Childs was one of two people killed in a double homicide on July 28 at a neighborhood block party. An event staged yearly to remember a murdered gang member, police said.

Childs was shot five times in the head, punctuating an argument that began over a parking space Childs tried to save, WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports.

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“He was the life of the party any place he went,” said Childs cousin, Camille Griffin.

At 12:18 a.m., an altercation broke out in the 800 block of West 50th Place, and someone starting shooting, according to Chicago Police.

Childs was shot and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:20 a.m., police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Childs lived at 128th and Parnell, according to family members.

“He loved to smile. He loved to make everyone laugh,” Griffin said. “He took care of everybody any way he could. He did not deserve to be shot down in the street for no reason. Period.”

The family stuck to Halsted Street when passing out flyers. Childs’ mother said she was afraid to go door-to-door on the 800 block of West 50th Place, where the shooting occurred.

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