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Budding Artist, Hairstylist Shot Dead While Leaving Store on South Side

By Becky Schlikerman | January 8, 2013 12:27am
 Sheroid Liggins, 19, was gunned down Feb. 16 while exiting a convenience store in the 6400 block of South King Drive in Grand Crossing.
Sheroid Liggins, 19, was gunned down Feb. 16 while exiting a convenience store in the 6400 block of South King Drive in Grand Crossing.
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GRAND CROSSING — An artist since he was a young boy, Sheroid Liggins was known for capturing the intricate details of his subject’s face.

“He could just look at you one time and he could just draw you,” his guardian, George Lee said.

Liggins never took art classes, but his goal was to teach young guys in his neighborhood about art, Lee said.

The 19 year old was gunned down Feb. 16 as he walked out of a store in the 6400 block of South King Drive, according to Lee and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. He died Feb. 20 from a gunshot wound to the head, officials said.

He was in the neighborhood to do someone’s hair, Lee said, adding that Liggins was learning to cut and style hair, including styling dreadlocks. He was waiting to be let into a building where a client lived and decided to pass the time in a convenience store while he waited. He simply exited the shop at the wrong time.

“He didn’t hear them shooting and he walked out of the store,” Lee said.

He remembers the young man he calls his stepson as a fun-loving jokester who also had a serious, thoughtful side. He could counsel his friends and family about their relationships.

“He was like a counselor for everybody,” Lee said. “He could talk to you for an hour. I used to call him the little Dr. Ruth.”