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West Pullman Woman Fatally Shot 'Wanted to Be Famous,' Family Says

By DNAinfo Staff on December 25, 2013 8:24am

 Natasha Green, 19, was killed after being shot in West Pullman on Dec. 23.
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WEST PULLMAN — Ever since Natasha Green started dating her boyfriend two years ago, her father thought it might be trouble.

"I went to the hospital and asked him, 'Why would you want to have my daughter walk around with you? You don't know who your enemies are,'" 43-year-old Juckas Rhone recalled saying.

Green, 19, and a 23-year-old man whom Green's family describes as her boyfriend and a "thug" were shot near the corner of West 117th Street and South Eggleston Avenue early Monday afternoon, according to police.

Both were sent to Roseland Hospital. The man, who police said did have gang ties, was shot in his leg.

Green was shot in her head from a gray car going westbound, police said. Authorities couldn't say if the incident was gang-related.

"I used to talk to her and tell her don't walk with him outside," Rhone said. "The bullet should've gone into his head."

Medical examiners said she was pronounced dead at 1:20 p.m. Monday, the day before Christmas Eve and her mother's birthday, Rhone said.

Green grew up in the south suburbs and graduated from Bloom Trail High School in Chicago Heights, her father said.

The second eldest of four siblings, Green had a "loud" personality that included joke-telling and "dressing like a hippie," Rhone said.

"She's loud. You can hear her whenever she is coming into the house," said stepmother Latonia Farmer.

The day of her shooting, Green called walking back from her boyfriend's house to her family's home a short distance away, family said.

Green took some classes at Olive-Harvey College before dropping out. Family said she was planning to return to school, either for nursing or something she could make a name for herself in.

"My sister told me show was going to be famous and make something of herself," said stepsister Shantal Gardner, 26. "Now it's going to be her funeral."