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Gang Party Turns Deadly In Roseland

By Becky Schlikerman | January 7, 2013 11:52pm
 Dwayne Billingsley was killed outside a party at his Roseland home on May 20.
Dwayne Billingsley was killed outside a party at his Roseland home on May 20.
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ROSELAND — Dwayne Billingsley interrupted a stickup outside of a party and was killed, his family said.

Billingsley and his girlfriend were on the side of his home in the 10100 block of South Michigan Avenue on May 20 while a group of about two dozen partied at the front, Billingsley’s brother, Mario Davis said.

Many of the guests were drug dealers and had cash or drugs on them, Davis said, adding that Billingsley was not a dealer himself. Davis believes the gunman wanted to rob the partygoers.

But Billingsley and his girlfriend encountered the gunman before he made his move.

“He messed up the stickup,” Davis said.

The gunman pointed a gun at Billingsley’s girlfriend and then Billingsley, 35, pushed her away and she ran, Davis said.

But Billingsley didn’t get to escape.

“Someone came on in the alley with a black hood and they killed him,” said Connie Billingsley, his mother.

Billingsley was shot multiple times, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. He was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Billingsley had been charged with manufacturing/delivering marijuana in January, court records show.

Billignsley was the father of one 12-year-old son, and he spoiled his boy — they spent time playing video games and going on outings, family said.

But Billingsley wasn’t working.

Five years ago, he had worked at his father’s auto shop, but when his father died, the shop closed, Davis said.

Billingsley loved vans, especially Chevrolett Astro vans.

“He was an Astro van fanatic,” Davis said, adding his brother had had about 20 Astros in his lifetime.

No one has been charged in his murder, though the family hopes that someday someone will be held responsible for the crime.

“Let the person get justice,” Davis said. “Let (Billingsley) rest in peace.”