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July 16, 2003
More Uptown murders despite community efforts
By Jim Sterne, News Editor

Peter Anderson, 31, of the 4500 block of N. Sheridan Rd., lay dying on the sidewalk last Thursday on the 800 block of W. Windsor Ave. It was 10:03 p.m. when police arrived on the scene but the gunshot wound to Anderson's torso was fatal. Police suspect the motive was robbery because the victim's pockets were turned out. Anderson was taken to the Medical Examiner's office where he was pronounced dead.

The responding officers combed the neighborhood and found three suspects to question. On Monday, DeWayne Thomas, 20, of the 4500 block of N. Clarendon Ave., was charged with first degree murder.

This is the eighth murder in the last two years in Uptown, according to neighborhood activist Roy Meyer, who keeps count. Stanley Grisby, 30, of the 4800 block of N. Kenmore Ave., became number seven when he was fatally shot in the 4600 block of N. Broadway July 1.

Ald. Helen Shiller (46th) says that either she or a staff member is at every CAPS meeting to monitor crime. "The reality is that citywide the drug and gang activity is down but that doesn't make anyone feel better when someone gets murdered in our neighborhood," Shiller said. "I see my job as making sure the police have the resources to do their job."

The area is called a drug and gang hot spot by local residents who have banded together to keep tabs on crime. The Uptown Chicago Commission (UCC) has encouraged businesses to hire a security guard to watch the area near the Wilson Ave. CTA and is working with the CTA to ensure the safety of citizens and their children. The issue was a major platform of Shiller's challenger, Sandra Reed, in the March election.

"We will not solve this problem when people keep pointing fingers and blaming each other…we must all keep an open mind," Shiller said.

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