WEST ENGLEWOOD — Randy Streeter had stepped off his West Englewood block for a quick trip to a convenience store. His brother-in-law surmises that Streeter wanted a soda.
Streeter, 46, was shot and killed March 24 in the 1800 block of West 63rd Street, just blocks from his home, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Streeter was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the office.
“It was a random act of violence,” said the brother-in-law, Jimmie Warren. “It was basically the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Streeter had recently been released from prison, Warren said. He had been sentenced to two years in prison in 2011 for possession of a controlled substance, according to court records. He’d also been convicted on drug and theft charges in the past.
But Warren, 51, said his brother-in-law was on the straight and narrow path, looking for jobs with the help of his parole officer.
“He just wanted to work and get off the block,” Warren said.
Streeter, who relatives said wasn’t a troublemaker, had needed money and earlier turned to drug dealing.
“He almost didn’t have no choice,” Warren said. “He wanted money in his pocket.”
After prison, he spent time with his 91-year-old grandfather, running errands and talking and sitting with old man.
“He was a loving person,” his aunt Joyce Streeter, 52, said.
No one has been charged with the murder, according to police data.