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Mother Grieves After Her Only Son is Shot Dead in K-Town

By DNAinfo Staff on January 13, 2013 3:34pm

CHICAGO — Victor Coleman lived and died in the West Side area known as “K-Town.”

“He was murdered in cold blood and no one is talking about it,” said his mother, Carolyn Coleman. “He got shot. Someone just walked up and opened fire.”

Coleman, 32, was shot Aug. 1 in the 1300 block of South Kolin Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Police said he was on a porch late that night when he was gunned down. 

According to his mother, Victor Coleman was shot more than 10 times, making it clear he was the intended target. She said all of the people around him during the shooting were “back in the same spot the next day.”

Coleman, of the 1300 block of South Kildare Avenue, was a smart, likable and courteous man, according to his mother. She said that while he had been consistently looking for a job, a felony prevented him from gaining employment.

In 1998, Coleman pleaded guilty to manufacturing or delivering cocaine, court records show. Two years later he pleaded guilty to weapons possession.  In 2002 and 2007, he again was convicted on drug charges. He also had a 2003 domestic battery conviction, court records show.

“It beat him down,” his mother said. “He felt like he couldn’t rise above it.”

Despite difficulty in gaining employment, Coleman had found a new apartment and was excited, proud and looking forward to “taking responsibility for his life,” according to his mother, who was still grieving for her only son.

“My son gets killed violently in a neighborhood where everyone knew him, how could they not tell me who killed him,” she asked.