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Family Seeks Answers After Belmont Cragin Man Found Dead In His Bed

By Quinn Ford | May 7, 2013 2:11pm | Updated on May 9, 2013 11:01am
 Kendrick Wright, 41, was found dead by police Monday night. Authorities have ruled his death a homicide.
Kendrick Wright, 41, was found dead by police Monday night. Authorities have ruled his death a homicide.
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BELMONT CRAGIN — Kendrick Wright's relatives say they are waiting for answers after he was found dead late Monday in Belmont Cragin.

The 41-year-old man died after being shot in the head, and the death has been ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

The circumstances surrounding Wright's death are still unclear, police said.

Wright's body was found about 10:10 p.m. Monday in what appeared to be a pool of blood inside his apartment in the 5000 block of West Belden Avenue, authorities said. Wright was pronounced dead on the scene at 10:45 p.m.

Standing outside Wright's apartment Tuesday morning before an autopsy was completed, Wright's mother, aunt and cousins said they didn't know exactly what happened to Wright, who they said went by "Rick."

They said they were told it is still unclear how he was killed.

"Right now, we're clueless," said Marilyn Milton, one of Wright's cousin.

Neighbors in Wright's building said they were alerted to Wright's death by his roommate.

One neighbor, who only identified himself as Louis, said Wright's roommate knocked on his door Monday night. Louis said the roommate told him he had returned home to find his front door open and Wright lying in his bed with blood coming from the back of his head.

Multiple neighbors said they did not hear any noise coming from Wright's apartment Monday night. Louis said he could not hear anything above the sound coming from his television.

"I was playing video games, shooting zombies with the surround sound on, so I didn't hear anything," Louis said.

Louis said Wright and his roommate were nice but kept to themselves. He said he wanted people to know Wright was a good person.

"He was a good guy, always in a good mood," he said.

Wright's family agreed, saying they had no idea why anyone would have reason to murder him. A cousin, Shay Wright, said Kendrick Wright had moved to Belmont Cragin from the Austin area recently.

"He was a laid-back person," she said, describing him as "very quiet."

Shay Wright and Marilyn Milton, said they had spoken with him as recently as Monday. They said nothing seemed to be wrong with him.

Milton said Kendrick Wright was always supportive of his family.

"Anytime you need him, he's coming," she said. "We all love him."

Milton said Wright always brought his nieces and nephews lots of presents. Shay Wright agreed.

"Christmas, Easter, birthdays," Shay Wright said. "He never missed a holiday."

Police said no one was in custody in connection with the murder as of noon Tuesday.