Father Killed Within Days of Daughter's Birthday

By Darryl Holliday on January 8, 2013 1:03am 

 West Englewood father was killed within days of his young daughter's birthday.
West Englewood father was killed within days of his young daughter's birthday.
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CHICAGO — Darius McGraw was shot and killed five days before his daughter's second birthday, his family said.

The 22-year-old was on the 6600 block of South Bell Avenue when he was gunned down in his friend's front yard on Nov. 17. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the back and buttocks.

According to McGraw's sister, Delanise McGraw, 18, the doting father's death came as a shock to the family.

"You'd never hear of him with a gun," she said. "All you do is see him with his daughter. There wasn't a day you wouldn't catch him with her, smiling."

McGraw and her mother were alerted to the shooting by a knock on the door around 7 a.m. and arrived at the scene in time to see him lifted into the ambulance.

"That was her youngest son," she said. "She’s not taking it very well."

McGraw, of the 6300 block of South Hamilton Avenue, traveled between his job at a local pizzeria and his girlfriend's home in Indiana, according to his sister. He'd meet her at 6 p.m. — the same time every day—before heading home.

The former Robeson High School Student was pronounced dead at Christ Hospital at 7:20 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

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