BACK OF THE YARDS — Inside Tommie Dishman’s home, two plaques hang just above the sofa. Each one bears the photo of a smiling young man next to a poem titled “Miss me but let me go.”
The two are Dishman’s sons, Mario Jackson-Dishman, 26, and Terrance Dishman, 19. Both were shot and killed at 51st and May streets, years apart.
Neither murder has led to an arrest, according to police data and their mother.
Despite the 2010 death of her 19-year-old son Terrance Dishman, Tommie Dishman and her family stayed on in the Back of the Yards neighborhood they’ve lived in for decades.
“We felt comfortable,” Dishman said, sitting at her kitchen table. “The neighbors knew who you were … There’s always somebody watching out.”
Plus, she said “There’s trouble everywhere you go … It’s not easy just to leave the neighborhood.”
But for Mario Jackson-Dishman, the death of his younger brother was too much and he temporarily left town, living in Minnesota and Iowa, his mother said.
“The death of his brother really took a toll and he was staying away,” Dishman said.
But Jackson-Dishman ended up at home again and on June 8 shots rang out when he and a cousin were on the same block where Terrance had been killed.
Jackson-Dishman and his cousin, Rashaun Stephanys, were both killed.
“He just happened to be out there," Dishman said of her son, contradicting reports that the shooting was gang related. “They were shooting at anybody they could.”
Dishman said her son wasn’t in a gang but he did spend time with admitted gang members.
In Chicago, Jackson-Dishman had one conviction for attempted robbery, a felony, court records show.
Jackson-Dishman, who had been living in the Oakland neighborhood, was the father of a six-year-old boy named Mario, Jr.
“His life had meaning,” Dishman said.
The second oldest of seven, Jackson-Dishman was known as a fierce protector of his loved ones.
“He ain’t going to mess with anybody but if you messed with his family that was it,” Dishman said.
Also on the wall in Dishman’s living room is a picture of Jackson-Dishman visiting his brother’s grave.