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Robbery Possible Motive in Morgan Park Murder

By Becky Schlikerman | January 8, 2013 12:01am
 Kenneth Reaves, 30, was shot and killed May 22 near his Morgan Park home.
Kenneth Reaves, 30, was shot and killed May 22 near his Morgan Park home.
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MORGAN PARK — Kenneth Reaves loved to spend time with his friends, relaxing and drinking, his family said.

That’s what he was doing May 22, when he was fatally shot and killed in the 11600 block of South Hale Avenue, just steps from his home, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Reaves, 30, had left home to go to a nearby liquor store. When he was back on the block about 2 a.m., he was sitting outside with two friends when a gunman in a passing car got out and shot at him, said Reaves’s father, Kenneth Reaves, Sr.

“It happened just that quick,” Reaves, Sr., said.

The family believes it may have been a failed robbery attempt.

“He had his jewelry on him,” Reaves, Sr., said.

No one has been apprehended in the murder, according to Chicago police data.

The younger Reaves had held a series of odd jobs, including as an on-call security guard for a North Side bar. He also expressed some interests in carpentry, the trade his grandfather had excelled in.

Reaves also liked rap music and enjoyed going to live shows, his father said.

But his greatest love was his girlfriend of about five years.

“He had his heart set on being with his girlfriend,” Reaves, Sr., said.