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Profiles of some of Chicago's young victims

  • Jonylah Watkins, 6 months old, was shot March 11. She later died.
Jonylah Watkins, 6 months old, was shot March 11. She later died. (Family photo )
August 27, 2013|By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz | RedEye

Gunshot homicides of children younger than 13 in Chicago typically make up about 1 percent or less of the year’s total number of homicides, according to RedEye data.

The cause of death for children killed in homicides in Chicago tends to be trauma or abuse, based on an analysis of autopsy results by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

RedEye looks at the seven cases of gunshot homicides of children younger than 13 since 2011.

2013

>> Karla Eguez, 5, was killed Aug. 13 in her home in the 2800 block of South Kildare Avenue in South Lawndale. Police say Eguez’s father, Juan Eguez, shot Karla and her mother to death before turning the gun on himself.

>> Sterling Sims, 5, was killed June 28 in a New City home on the 5300 block of South Winchester Avenue. Officials say Antonio Lewis shot Sims and his mother, Chevonne Brown, to death and attempted to shoot Brown’s 11-year-old son in a robbery gone wrong. Lewis has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attemped first-degree murder. A second man, Larry Cox, was arrested in August and faced the same charges.

>> Jonylah Watkins, 6 months old, was shot March 11 as she sat in her father’s lap in a car on the 6500 block of South Maryland Avenue in Woodlawn. She later died. Police say Koman Willis was responsible for the shooting, which stemmed from a theft of a video game console. Willis has pleaded not guilty.

2012

>> Heaven Sutton, 7, was killed June 27 in the 1700 block of North Luna Avenue in Austin as she sold candy with her mother. Police say alleged gang member Jerrell Dorsey is responsible for the shooting.

>> Nazia Banks, 12, was killed May 19 as he was playing outside of his home in the 8000 block of South Brandon Avenue in South Chicago. No charges had been filed in the shooting as of press time.

>> Aliyah Shell, 6, was killed March 17 on the front porch of her home in the 3100 block of South Springfield Avenue in South Lawndale. Luis Hernandez and Juan Barraza have been charged with murder in the gang fight.

2011

>> Arianna Gibson, 6, was killed Aug. 7 in the living room of her house in the 7400 block of South Sangamon Street in Englewood. A person was questioned in the shooting and then released.

tswartz@tribune.com

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