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Mother of Murder Victim Calls Cops Daily for Updates on Case

By Chris Bentley | January 13, 2013 1:24pm

CHICAGO — The last time Joyce Collins spoke to her son, he told her he’d call her right back.

In the minutes that passed, her 26-year-old son Romell was shot to death.

Now, to cope with her grief, Joyce Collins said she calls detectives daily to follow up on her son’s murder.

Romell Collins, of the 6000 Block of South California Avenue, was killed April 5 in the 6400 block of South Francisco Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. No one has been apprehended in connection with his death, according to Chicago police data.

Collins, one of a pair of twins, was close with his large family. When Collins was younger, they used to take trips to the amusement park in Cedar Point, Ohio, with their mother.

Collins always wanted to bring all his friends with his family on their trips.

Romell was soft-spoken, his mother said, but well liked.

He worked in warehouses, thrift stores and on construction sites.

The Hubbard High School graduate was inseparable from his 3-year-old daughter, Maya. “He did everything for his little girl,” said his mother. “You see Romell and you’d see Maya.”