Tuesday, April 24, 2018

What a sad story that occurred over the weekend in Chatham

JP Paulus' shot of the sister's collapsed tent Jan. 2018
Back in January 2018, JP Paulus wrote about a pair of homeless sisters. They had camped out on the lot of a now closed Church's Chicken at 87th & King Drive:
They are two sisters who sit under a makeshift tarp tent. They claim it is a church, and that as such, gives them the right to be encamped wherever they are. They seem to sit in 2 chairs under the tarp, stay there all day, and then sleep there. They only occasionally come out.

They have been encamped by the former Church's Chicken on 87th & King Drive. They seem to have been there some time after it closed, and when they took off the Church's sign.So it has been a number of weeks, if not months.

Last week, I noticed that one of the chairs seemed to be down. A few days later, the "tent" hadn't returned to normal.
Now this was back in January. What a difference three months make? Here is something of an indirect update provided by Worlee Glover at Concerned Citizens of Chatham:

When I first wrote this post this was still unconfirmed and then later in the evening if you click the above post Worlee says it has been confirmed. I'd be curious if either the Sun-Times or Tribune or any other media outlets will further follow this grisly story. Let's see how they report this story.

Both Sun-Times and Tribune picked up the story about a dead body in a shopping cart being pushed by an elderly woman. Initial reports from both papers initially reported that police identified the dead body as a male. The Sun-Times reported that the dead body was that of a female.
An elderly woman was found pushing a shopping cart with a dead body in it Saturday evening in the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side.

Officers responded to a well-being check at 7:53 p.m. in the 8600 block of South Calumet and found the woman with the body of a female, whose identity and age was unknown, Chicago Police said.

The woman was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation, police said.

It's a very sad story to hear of!

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