Suspect arrested in shooting death of 11-year-old Chicago girl

Posted February 18, 2017

The victim, Takiya Holmes, was shot by a stray bullet February 11 while sitting in a van in Chicago's Parkway Gardens neighborhood.

A newly released video shows an accused murderer using a few seconds when he was unrestrained at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse to pummel the 19-year-old who was just arrested for allegedly killing 11-year-old Takiya Holmes. Williams gets about three more blows to Jones' body before he is restrained by authorities. Jones declined to press charges against Williams in the attack, which is also common, Smith said.

Jones and several Black Disciple gang members had walked through the Parkway Gardens apartment complex to confront people they believed were selling marijuana in drug-selling territory they had claimed as their own, prosecutors said at a bond hearing Wednesday, DNAinfo Chicago reported.

Takiya was shot at about 7.40pm on Saturday as she sat in the backseat of her mother's minivan with her younger brother.

Murders in Chicago so far this year total 63, down from 75 for the same period in 2016, but shootings have increased from 300 to 313, Guglielmi said Tuesday prior to the triple shooting.

Just 30 minutes before Takiya was shot, 12-year-old Kanari Gentry Bowers was hit with a stray bullet about 4 miles away while playing near her elementary school.

Jones has three arrests as an adult. The police commander said he thought the witnesses cooperated and identified Jones as the person who shot Holmes because he had killed someone who was innocent.

Takiya was "beautiful, loving and smart" and "everybody loved her", Patsy Holmes said.

Renard Williams walked over to Jones and punched him on Wednesday
Renard Williams walked over to Jones and punched him on Wednesday

Takiya's family had urged people in the community to come forward with any information that could lead to an arrest. "They were totally upset with what was happening over there".

Violence in Chicago has garnered national attention, following a year that ended with a record number of shootings and the most homicides in two decades, according to police. "You don't have to wait until something bad happens", he said.

Johnson said it was "tragic" that lawmakers of the state hadn't taken action yet.

A fifth-grader with good grades, she and a deep-dimpled smile that left an impression, Holmes said.

"Everyone we talked to, it wasn't about the money". "Our message now is to help those who are behind him that are doing the same thing and to help them not do it".

Emanuel said he was surprised by Naikeeia's strength, the day after her daughter Takiya's death.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the shooting underscores once again the need for action in Springfield on legislation that will toughen penalties for gun offenders.