Man Killed on South Side Knew He was Going to Die, Friend Says

By Geoff ZiezulewiczKyla Gardner and Emily Morris  on January 1, 2013 5:52pm  | Updated on January 3, 2013 9:17am

 A makeshift memorial is shown Wednesday near the spot where Kevin Jemison, 28, was fatally shot the day before in the 4500 block of South Champlain Avenue.
A makeshift memorial is shown Wednesday near the spot where Kevin Jemison, 28, was fatally shot the day before in the 4500 block of South Champlain Avenue.
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GRAND BOULEVARD — Hours before he was slain, Kevin Jemison told a friend at a New Year's Eve party he knew he would eventually be killed, the friend said Wednesday.

Police said Jemison, 28, was fatally shot in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

A gunman wearing dark clothing walked up to Jemison, who police said had gang affiliation, and shot him multiple times in the 4500 block of South Champlain Avenue about 3 p.m., police said.

Jemison ran to a nearby sidewalk and collapsed, authorities said.

Standing near a memorial for Jemison near the scene Wednesday morning, 18-year-old Rashod Weekly said Jamison was like a brother.

Weekly said he had partied on New Year's Eve with Jemison, who was nicknamed "Goon." But his friend, whom Weekly described as usually laid-back and funny, seemed to somehow know he wouldn't live much longer.

"He told me he loved me New Year's Eve," Weekly said. "He told me he was going to die. He'd been shot 12 times. He said he didn't think he could take another one."

A woman, who said she was a friend of the victim but declined to give her name, said Jemison would often stop by her place and bum food and drinks.

He was hoping to get into real estate, she said.

"He had a good spirit," she said. "He had goals."

Police said the offender, who fled on foot, is not in custody. The motive for the killing was unclear.

Jemison was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. He suffered a gunshot wound to the head, police said.

Jemison lived in the 4700 block of South Michigan Avenue, according to the medical examiner's office.

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