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Family Man Rarely Left Home Before Murder, Mom Says

By Emily Morris | January 13, 2013 3:42pm
 Shaquille Rush was gunned down in the 5900 block of South Calumet Avenue on Feb. 2.
Shaquille Rush was gunned down in the 5900 block of South Calumet Avenue on Feb. 2.
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CHICAGO — Shaquille Rush was a bright young man who rarely left his house in Auburn Gresham according to his mother, Dorothy Rush.

But the 20-year-old was out the night of Feb. 2 when he was gunned down in the 5900 block of South Calumet Avenue, according the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Dorothy Rush said her son was at party that evening in Washington Park before he was shot.

Shaquille Rush loved spending time with his two brothers and his sister, his mother said. He also loved to rap, and would often write lyrics and mix beats on his computer. His uncle was one of his favorite people to make music with, she added

“He was a very outgoing person, very spirited,” his mother said. “He always had a smile on his face, [he was] never mad and he always made people laugh.”

It wasn’t the first time that violence struck Dorothy Rush’s family.

Her husband, Luther Rush, was also shot dead in 1998, and her other children talk about their slain brother constantly.

“We were a real close-knit family,” Dorothy Rush said.

Shaquille Rush attended Paul Robeson High School in Englewood but did not graduate, his mother said. He planned to get his GED and to attend Kennedy-King College someday, she said.

He left behind an infant son, who celebrated his first birthday in September.