CHICAGO — Julius Benford was in the kitchen of a friend’s Woodlawn home when all three were brutally murdered in a spray of gunfire.
Benford was remembered by his father as a “real good man," but he had numerous drug-related convictions, court records show.
Benford had three children and was devoted to his longtime girlfriend, said his father, Nuel Benford, who served in the Marines.
But despite his father’s straight-laced lifestyle, Benford didn’t follow in those footsteps. After his parents split up, Benford lived with his mother in a drug-infested environment. The drugs were everywhere in the neighborhood, Nuel Benford said.
“I tried to just do the best I could,” he said. “I tried to instill some moral values."
Benford, 29, suffered multiple gunshot wounds inside Brown’s second-floor apartment in the 6300 block of South Evans Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Two of Benford’s friends, Terry Brown and Michael Nowels, were also killed.
Holding the gun was Curtis Davis, authorities said.
Despite the environment he grew up in, Benford “never showed bitterness or disdain,” Nuel Benford said.
“In spite of some of his transgressions, he was respectful,” Nuel Benford said of his son. “He had a positive outlook on life in spite of what was going on."