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Twin Brother Slain Days Before his 40th Birthday

By Darryl Holliday | October 29, 2013 6:35am
 Fredrick Ollie and his twin would have turned 40 Monday, but Ollie was shot and killed Saturday night in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood.
Fredrick Ollie and his twin would have turned 40 Monday, but Ollie was shot and killed Saturday night in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood.
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AUBURN GRESHAM — Sedgrick Ollie turned 40 Monday, but his twin brother wasn't there to celebrate the occasion.

That's because Fredrick Ollie was shot and killed Saturday night when three men approached him in the 600 block of West 89th Street around 6:20 p.m. and one of them shot Fredrick Ollie in the head, police said.

At their home in Auburn Gresham Monday afternoon, the brothers' uncle, Zac Mosley, peered through the window at a pool of blood that could still be seen on the street where Ollie was killed.

Mosley said he heard the shot that killed his nephew. Although it was dark out, it was light enough for him to see Ollie lying in the street after the shooting, he said. A knock on the door came a short time later from a friend who told Mosley and Sedgrick Ollie that "They just got through shooting your brother," Mosley said.

"I was thinking he was still breathing, that he was still alive — and maybe he was," Mosley said, describing the chaos as paramedics worked to revive his nephew. An aunt then followed the ambulance to the hospital where Fredrick Ollie was taken.

"But he expired at 7:11 [p.m.]," Mosley said.

Sedgrick Ollie was distraught over his brother's murder, Mosley said.

"When he saw his brother laying there, it was like seeing himself there," Mosley said. "He went out of his head. It was just like him down there bleeding."

Later Monday, Mosley retraced his nephew's last steps that night. He was told by friends and relatives — in an account that differs from what police have said — that Ollie was visiting friends and family just outside Mosley's home when a silver car drove up with its lights off. The occupants inside the car exchanged a few words with Ollie, and then someone shot him in the face, Mosley said.

No arrests have been made, police said.

Fredrick Ollie had served several years in prison on at least nine drug convictions since 1994. He most recently was released from prison in late May.

He intended to rekindle a relationship with his teenage son, a student at the School of the Art Institute, after missing so many of his years growing up, Mosley said.

Since his release, Ollie had obtained a job on a cleanup crew at Soldier Field and was working on getting a job at O'Hare Airport, Mosley said.

Mosley recalled caring for the twins, including changing their diapers, before they eventually moved to Auburn Gresham as teens in 1986.

"Fred was always happy, always friendly," he said. "He was always willing to help somebody; he was a guy that liked people, liked life."