Family Warned Man Killed in Popeyes Restaurant Before He Left

By DNAinfo Staff on January 19, 2013 8:39am  | Updated on January 19, 2013 2:46pm

 Marshall Fields-Hall, 19, was killed by gunfire on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. He's seen here with his 6-month-old daughter, Serenity.
Marshall Fields-Hall, 19, was killed by gunfire on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. He's seen here with his 6-month-old daughter, Serenity.
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CHICAGO — The last words Marshall D. Fields-Hall heard from his family came from his grandfather.

"When he said he wanted to go out, I pleaded with him," said Ralph Hall Jr., 66. "Be careful in the streets."

Fields-Hall, 21, was fatally shot Friday night while sitting inside a Popeyes restaurant just a block north of his mother's home, police said.

The shooting occurred in the 5500 block of West North Avenue about 9:15 p.m. A man walked up to the restaurant and shot into the building hitting a 21-year-old man with multiple bullets, police said.

Fields-Hall, of the 1500 block of North Luna Avenue, was taken to Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly before 10 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

No one is in custody.

Fields-Hall is a documented gang member with a criminal history, police said.

While family members acknowledged that he's had a criminal past - including a burglary conviction for which they said he served nine months in boot camp - they remembered Fields-Hall for his charisma and love of family. He leaves behind his 6-month-old daughter, Serenity.

"He was all about hugs and kisses," said Fields-Hall's aunt, Patrice Williams, 36. "He was excited to be a father. He loved that girl."

Fields-Hall also dreamed of starting a successful business, Williams said. He recently started a janitorial business in the suburbs and wanted to branch into t-shirt and fashion designs, Williams said.

Fields-Hall, who family says once played football for Gordon Tech High School was the younger of two brothers and was close with his family until his death.

Hours before his death Friday, Fields-Hall asked his grandfather to join him at the craps table at Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, Hall Jr. said.

Hall Jr. spotted his grandson $100. Fields-Hall walked away from the table with $210.

"All the guys at the table gave him a high five," Hall Jr. said.

 Marshall D. Fields-Hall was killed at this Popeyes in the  5500 block of West North Avenue .
Marshall D. Fields-Hall was killed at this Popeyes in the 5500 block of West North Avenue .
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The two returned home and Fields-Hall had a meal with his mother before deciding to go out again. That's when Hall Jr. gave his grandson his warning.

"I have to tell him these things," Hall Jr. said. "These kids don't mind dying. These kids aren't scared of dying."

Fields-Hall's family is unsure if he was dining with friends at the time of his murder. They also don't know if the man was targeted or was simply caught in crossfire.

By Saturday morning, the restaurant window through which the bullets that killed Fields-Hall was covered by a poster promoting chicken tenders.

"We all go to that Popeyes," Williams said. "It's right here."

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