Chicago woman dead after River Forest shooting

Three suspects in custody


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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

River Forest Police confirmed that a 29-year-old Chicago woman is dead and three individuals are in custody after a shooting July 11 in a parking lot near Dominican University's Priory campus.

Chervon Alexander, of the 1300 block of North Mayfield in Chicago, was pronounced dead at approximately 11:04 p.m. Monday night at Loyola Medical Center. The victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds, according to a spokesperson from the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

According to a River Forest Police Department press release, the shooting occurred at 10:22 p.m., in Priory Park, on the 7200 block of Division. Officers and firefighters called to the scene attempted to save the woman's life. She was transported to a Loyola Medical Center.

The suspects were picked up about four minutes later at Madison and Harlem by Oak Park and Forest Park police officers. A weapon was also recovered.

The police statement said that when River Forest officers arrived at the scene, a witness informed them that a woman had been shot by a man who fled eastbound on Division in a gray vehicle. River Forest police immediately broadcast the information, which led to the traffic stop where the suspects were taken into custody.

River Forest Deputy Chief Craig Rutz said that River Forest police are unable to give further details on the investigation.

The victim was a resident of North Mayfield in Chicago, and neither the victim nor the suspects were Dominican University students.

Two of the individuals being held in connection with the case are considered suspects while one is considered a "person of interest." One is a resident of the City of Blue Island in Cook County; the other two are residents of Chicago. No further details about their identities were available at press time.

Dominican University issued a statement on their website outlining details of the shooting.

"According to River Forest Police, this incident did not involve Dominican University students and there is no danger to the Dominican community," the statement read. "Our prayers are with the family of the victim."

According to the police statement, the suspects and several witnesses to the incident are being interviewed by Assistant State's Attorneys and that no charges have yet been filed.

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Rev. C from IL  

Posted: July 27th, 2011 3:35 PM

Just want to say that my prayer's with my sister. I just found out on today that my Niece was shoot and killed. Much love to her may she forever rest in peace

SereniaB from Forest Park  

Posted: July 14th, 2011 11:07 PM

I am so sad to hear this happened to my friend. My heart hurts. Her family truly loved her and she will be missed. How could he do this!

OP Parent  

Posted: July 14th, 2011 9:16 AM

You all may be impressed to know that it was a 17 yr.old girl that called 911 and made that quick arrest possible. Give youth today some credit.

Violet Aura  

Posted: July 13th, 2011 6:45 PM

@Epid Lulz: Ever thought about moving to China? I think you'd fit right in there...Or North Korea perhaps...RIP for the victim and many sympathies for the family; what an awful event. It's a bit frustrating to have such scant info. I would like to know why they all were there and if they knew one another. None of them were students so it's a bit hazy as to why they were arguing or even there to begin with, especially at that late hour. Sad.


Posted: July 13th, 2011 2:56 PM

The incredible thing here is that guns can be used by any person, and this is alowed even, very close to River Forest can buy them.

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: July 13th, 2011 12:45 PM

How very sad. My thoughts and prayers are with Chervon's family and friends. This is from the Tribune story..."She recently graduated from college with a degree in criminal justice and had begun looking for a job with a law enforcement agency... Alexander had a daughter as well as an adopted son whom she took in after a family member could no longer care for the boy..."


Posted: July 13th, 2011 11:02 AM

The real hero's of this story are the cell phone and citizen(s). Take them out of the picture and you wouldn't have the perps. That goes for a good majority of all crimes that are "solved" in the first 20 minutes of happening. The probability of a PO seeing a criminal act in progress is slim to none.

I Give Up from Anywhere, USA  

Posted: July 13th, 2011 10:04 AM

From previous posts from other crime reports, people complain about the OP police: "How come they can't be more like the RF Police?" and "Good work, RF Police". Now I read that the RF police is seen as incapable. I guess we live where no one is happy about anything or anybody. Prozac, anyone?

Edwin from Oak Park  

Posted: July 13th, 2011 9:43 AM

Why the criticism of the local police? If this happened in Chicago the end of the article would state "nobody in custody and being investigated by area 9 detectives". Because local residents promptly called police and gave a description of the vehicle, the alleged shooter is in custody. This would NEVER happen in Chicago. I applaud the resident involvement and police work and my prayers go out to the victim and her family.

Oak Park B from OP  

Posted: July 13th, 2011 8:29 AM

The comments sections, across the board, have become embarassing. Bottom line, this was a domestic issue involving some bad guys that were going to have guns no matter what, with a victim that wasn't going to be saved if she or people near the park had guns no matter what. As for the RFPD bashing, it's comical. What an amazing job they did to nab this car on Harlem & Madison only minutes after a 911 call came thru. I know how long it takes for these calls to go thru. Good job to OP & RF.

Comments are us  

Posted: July 13th, 2011 1:08 AM

No comments for you!- Seinfield.

Editor from Oak Park  

Posted: July 13th, 2011 1:03 AM

Ralph Williams, why close comments? Let people comment in here. Why do you think Gitmo detainees will never be tried in America? Their stories are silenced from the media. With the freedom we still have with independent media more open to reporting than corporate media, lets enjoy our right to voice our opinions, regardless of what others think. Oh by the way, you are not forced to read others opinions. That is your choice just in case no one told you that.

Long Time Oak Parker  

Posted: July 12th, 2011 10:43 PM

Close the comments? What is wrong with you, I want to know what other people are thinking. We can agree or not, think they are racist or not, but we all need to know. Why is everyone so easily offended by the opinions of others? I don't agree with half the posts I read and many I am sure don't agree with mine, that is what this is about. We can learn form others comments even the ignorant ones. Example, those who believe all the countries problems are the other political party, very naive

Ralph Williams  

Posted: July 12th, 2011 6:46 PM

I agree with George from Oak Park's comments. Close the comments. People should not be able to voice their opinions, especially considering we are forced to read all the comments.


Posted: July 12th, 2011 6:21 PM

The car the suspects were driving was Black-not grey.

george from oak park  

Posted: July 12th, 2011 6:19 PM

I second the idea of epic lulz. Close the comments.

Editor from Oak Park  

Posted: July 12th, 2011 5:51 PM

Rob, your ignorant, and so is everyone else who thinks RFPD, does a poor job of policing RF. Read the story in the tribune about all of the nice things the victim did, and how she left to go get something to eat, but ends up getting shot. Lets not rush into Iraq, Afghanistan, lets doe what Clinton did, in the Omaha bombing. Wait for the facts.


Posted: July 12th, 2011 5:49 PM

To the poster who said criminals know OP is gun free, this happened in River Forest. We need fewer guns, not more. The poster even admitted the average citizen probably could not have stopped this murder. Damn straight!

Rob from Oak Park  

Posted: July 12th, 2011 5:33 PM

glad the river forest police were able to spend time away from marijuana arrests and harassing black people. good police work.


Posted: July 12th, 2011 5:20 PM

For all the RF Police critics....the River Forest Police are responsible for the suspects being in custody now. No swift radio arrest four minutes later.

Slim - op resident - to Jim from OP  

Posted: July 12th, 2011 5:14 PM

Darn good thing the state's attorneys office took over immedietly - I'm just surprised a RF officer wasn't sleeping in the parking lot !!!

Phil Hunt from Oak Park  

Posted: July 12th, 2011 3:45 PM

Coming home last night I saw 20 or so squad cars and saw one man standing cuffed. More squads pulling up --southbound Harlem blocked off. Terrible what happened, where it happended but I am glad to see the strong response and to hear that we got all 3 perps. Nice work Blue! Thanks for keeping us safe.

Willam Robinson from River Forest  

Posted: July 12th, 2011 2:19 PM

@Jim from OP. I wholeheartedly agree with your comment. The River Forest police department couldn't stop a nose bleed.


Posted: July 12th, 2011 2:13 PM

Another reason to get rid of guns ALL TOGETHER! No death in this case and many, many more. Guns kill. Sad very, very sad.

epic lulz  

Posted: July 12th, 2011 2:10 PM

For those who wish to read something about the victim:,0,6464522.story

epic lulz  

Posted: July 12th, 2011 1:24 PM

A woman died and all people can do is post crap. When all ten visible comments are idiotic (and presumably the deleted ones as well), I think it's time to close the article to comments.

Jim from OP  

Posted: July 12th, 2011 12:22 PM

Are the RF police in charge of this? I hope not because they are an inept joke. They would screw up a parking investigation.

Love it! from OP  

Posted: July 12th, 2011 12:16 PM

@one world ... how is it racist when I'm stating where they are from? Once again, another left winger from OP who does not have any black friends or co workers, feels like they can judge someone from a two sentence post.


Posted: July 12th, 2011 12:10 PM

@OP Resident #545 from Oak Park More guns needed? There were only teenagers in that park at the time. Should they be carrying guns? Should we have them witness an eye-for-an-eye shootout if another 'citizen' was out there shooting to kill at these pathetic young men? Go live somewhere you can pack your pistol. We are doing fine without the. Most of us are not leaving town becuz of some high rate of violent crime. This was a freak tragedy.

one world from oak park  

Posted: July 12th, 2011 12:02 PM

@Love it! from OP and all who have the same reaction: please know there are decent hard-working people in Austin. Your comment comes off as veiled racist. By the way, one suspect is from Blue Island.

OP Resident #545 from Oak Park  

Posted: July 12th, 2011 11:59 AM

If anything cries out for OP to end its ridiculous opposition to handgun ownership it's this. Not that a random citizen would have prevented this crime, but it would put some shred of doubt into the minds of these idiots. A generation of thugs has known OP is a gun-free zone and it's citizens are targets. It's time to turn the tables on that thinking, if nothing else. I don't accept this garbage as being inevitable based on our geography.

Editor from Oak Park  

Posted: July 12th, 2011 11:35 AM

Witnesses? Yes! Fast responsive Police Departments? Yes! Solid case? Yes! Odds are this woman was not driven into a parking lot to be killed. There was a dispute and lacking self-control, the shooter let the gun do the reasoning and fortunately for all of us, the Police took away the gun and these bastards will be on County and then State time.


Posted: July 12th, 2011 11:30 AM

You publish Love it! from OP and not my first comment. Stop censoring your readers!


Posted: July 12th, 2011 10:17 AM

"a shooting last night at Dominican University's Priory campus..." The building at the center of the Priory is used by Dominican University. I hope they discover why she was targeted.

Molly Hague from River Forest  

Posted: July 12th, 2011 10:00 AM

Shooting did not happen at Dominican. It was in the Fenwick parking lot at Priory Park.


Posted: July 12th, 2011 9:59 AM

And the beat goes on in OP/RF. People getting killed, mugged, beaten. Nothing to see here - move on.

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