AUBURN GRESHAM — Before he was gunned down on a South Side street, Bert Lindsey was busy making plans.
He hoped to become a teacher, have children with his wife of almost five years and maybe even coach football someday, his family said.
But Lindsey, 36, was killed March 18 as he left a barbque in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood, just blocks from his family’s home, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office and his wife.
“He didn’t deserve to go like that, in such a violent way,” his wife Lakisha Lindsey said.
She said her husband was invited by a friend to a barbeque in the 7500 block of South Wolcott Avenue. As Lindsey and a friend walked out of the home, someone in a vehicle shot at the two men, striking Lindsay.
Lakisha Lindsey believes her husband’s friend was the target.
Although her husband had been laid off from a downtown firm where he processed checks for large banking accounts, he was optimistic about the future, Lakisha Lindsey said.
He had applied for a job as a security guard for the Chicago Public Schools, was attending Daley College and hoped to transfer to Chicago State University to follow in the footsteps of his mother and grandmother and become a teacher.
He planned to visit his family out of state and take his bride on a trip to the Caribbean. He was also looking forward to a family reunion.
“I hate that he is going to miss it,” Lakisha Lindsey said, tears welling in her eyes.
Lindsey and his wife lived with his grandmother, Katherine Hardey-Bey, where he was considered the man of the house and relied upon.
He met his wife while both worked at a UPS center about 14 years ago. Lindsey, who was a supervisor, would tell people Lakisha would one day be his wife.
“He was the glue for this family,” she said.
No one has been charged in Lindsey's slaying.