WEST GARFIELD PARK — From about the time 23-year-old Dominique Green was born until he was gunned down on Chicago's West Side in August, his family called him "Snoopy."
His aunt Kelly Harris said her nephew acquired the nickname from such an early age because, even as an infant, he looked much like the long-nosed pooch of Peanuts comic fame.
Dominique Green, who resided in Maywood at the time of his death, was in the 700 block of South Independence Boulevard in West Garfield Park the night of Aug. 1 when he was shot down, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The Sun-Times reported the shooting was gang-related, citing police statements. Harris maintains her nephew wasn’t in a gang, while his mother said she doesn’t know for sure about possible street involvement.
"He didn’t bring his mess around me, so I don’t know," his mother, Amanda Green, said. "That was not the type of life he lived around his family."
Dominique Green also left behind a 6-year-old son named Jalen and an infant born on Nov. 1, his aunt said. His girlfriend named the boy Dominique after the baby's father, Harris said. She said her nephew was excited to become a father for the second time.
Dominique Green attended Manley High School in the East Garfield Park neighborhood but did not graduate, Amanda Green said. He loved to shop for name-brand clothes, especially his favorite True Religion Brand Jeans, according to his mother.
He also loved to watch movies, particularly action films. One of his favorite films was the largely Chicago-filmed thriller The Dark Knight, Harris said. Dominique Green also enjoyed bowling and playing basketball, his aunt said.
No one was arrested in the killing, according to police records.