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An argument escalated to violence when a Chicago man threw his naked girlfriend from a 5th floor window, killing her.

Police say Tyson Tillman confessed to throwing Tabitha Tanner from his 5th floor apartment during an argument. She died instantly upon impact.

"I threw the b*tch out the window," he said during a phone call at the police station, according to a police body camera.

Police say an unidentified woman arrived at Tillman's apartment on Magnolia Avenue around 10:40 pm on July 7. Tillman was in bed with Tanner when the woman knocked on his apartment door.

Tillman made the woman wait out in the hallway while he hurriedly got dressed.

Police say Tillman and Tanner began arguing and he tossed her bodily through an open window before opening the front door for his other girlfriend.

First responders found Tanner, nude and unresponsive, in an alleyway next to Tillman's building. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Surveillance video shows Tillman inspecting Tanner's broken body in the alleyway. When police questioned him at the scene, he initially described her death as an accidental fall.

Tillman is charged with first-degree murder. His other girlfriend was initially arrested at the scene, but she was released and has not been charged.

Tillman is being held without bond.

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FBG Duck's mother will have to wait another year to see justice for her son. A trial date has been set for five O Block gang members suspected of killing Chicago drill rapper FBG Duck.
RELATED: Chicago rapper FBG Duck shot dead
FBG Duck, real name Carlton Weekly, was gunned down in broad daylight while shopping on Oak Street in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood on Aug. 4, 2020.

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Defendants Marcus Smart, aka Muwop, Christopher Thomas, Tacarlos Offerd, aka Los Munna, Kenneth Roberson, and Charles Liggins are facing charges of assault in aid of racketeering, murder in aid of racketeering, and firearms violations.

All 5 suspects are in jail without bond while awaiting trial.

U.S. Judge Martha Pacold set the date of the murder trial for October 2, 2023.

"We're looking at a long trial. It is a substantial amount of time no matter how you look at it," she said.

FBG Duck was a member of the Fly Boy Gang (FBG), a faction of the Gangster Disciples (GDs), which has been in a decades-long feud with the Black Disciples (BDs).

FBG Duck was best known for his tracks "Chicago Legends", "Slide", and "Dead Bitches."

It is believed he was killed in retaliation for dissing deceased gang rivals and O Block legends, Odee Perry and T Roy, on "Dead Bitches."

Drill rap is hardcore gangsta rap with emphasis placed on dissing dead gang rivals.

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Chicago weekend shootings left over 80 people wounded and at least 21 dead since Friday, July 1. The wounded included a Chicago police officer and a close friend of drill rapper Lil Durk.

Chicago police responded to dozens of shootings over the weekend, according to Chicago Scanner.

A mass shooting at a 4th of July parade in a Chicago suburb left 6 people dead and 2 dozen more injured. A person of interest, an aspiring rapper, has been arrested in that case.

Police took the suspect into custody after a brief chase on Monday afternoon.

Other shooting victims include a man who was with drill rapper King Von on the night he was fatally shot outside a hookah bar in Atlanta in November 2020.

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According to Vlad TV, Bosstop was among 5 people shot in Parkway Garden Homes on the infamous O Block over the weekend. All 5 victims are listed in stable condition at area hospitals.

Like most gang bangers-turned-rappers, Bosstop moved away from Chicago, but he returned to attend the big 4th of July celebrations on O Block with his pal Lil Durk this weekend.

In other incidents, a 49-year-old police officer was ambushed and shot as he walked off an elevator while responding to a domestic violence call on Friday morning. He underwent surgery and was listed in "serious but stable" condition.

Jalen Vales, 27, of Chicago, was charged Saturday with attempted murder and aggravated battery of a police officer, police said.

His girlfriend, who called police to report the domestic violence incident, has filed six police reports against Vales since the couple began dating in March, prosecutors said.

In a shooting incident on June 20 viral video shows a man shot 16 times while sitting in a parked car with a child. The child ran away just as the shots rang out around 5:45 p.m. in the 400 block of East 111th Street in Chicago's Roseland neighborhood.

The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. No suspect is in custody.

CAUTION: The video may be disturbing to some viewers.

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Police have arrested a person of interest in the mass shooting at a 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois on Monday.

At least 6 people are confirmed dead and over 2 dozen injured by gunfire in the Chicago suburb on Monday.

A 21-year-old man, who goes by the stage name "Awake the Rapper," was arrested Monday as a person of interest in the mass shooting.

The suspect opened fire with an assault rifle from the roof of a store. After the shooting he dropped the rifle at the scene. Within hours, police released his name along with a description of his vehicle and license plate.

The suspect, identified on as the "six foot Hip hop phenom," is best known for his 2016 rap track "By the Pond" featuring Atlas.

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On Oct. 15, 2021 Awake the Rapper released a video titled "Are You Awake." The video includes drawings of a man aiming a rifle. The lyrics suggest he was planning a life-altering event that he had no power to stop.

"Like a sleepwalker, I am unable to stop and think," he says in the video.

"My actions will be valiant and my thought is unnecessary. I know what I have to do, I know what's in it, not only for me, but for everyone else.

"There is no past or future, just the now. It is more abstract than I can ever imagine. I can feel the atmosphere pushing me in. It's unstoppable, like a wave pulling me under, I can't breathe without it.

"I need to leave now, I need to just do it. It is my destiny, everything has led up to this," Crimo says. "Nothing can stop me, not even myself. Is there such thing as free will, or has this been planned out, like a cosmic recipe?"

The suspect is the son of Bob Crimo, owner of Bob's Pantry & Deli in Highland Park, according to his Facebook account. The father ran for Highland Park mayor in 2020 but lost.

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Violence hit close to home for Fox News commentator Gianno Caldwell who often covers the city's rising crime rate.

On Saturday, Caldwell shared the tragic news that his teenage brother was shot and killed in Chicago, on Friday.

"Yesterday was the worst day of my existence," Caldwell tweeted alongside a photo of himself and his 18-year-old brother, Matthew. "I received a call informing me that my teenage baby brother was murdered on the south side of Chicago. Never could I have imagined my baby brother’s life would be stolen from him. Please keep my family in your prayers."

In another recent post, Caldwell shared a "Father's Day" message from Matthew.

Caldwell wrote: "My little brother has never met his father and as devastating as this is, I am thankful to God for choosing me to be his big brother/father figure."

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Matthew is pictured at right during a recent family dinner in Chicago.

Caldwell previously criticized Chicago's leaders for being too soft on crime – after then-President Donald Trump offered federal resources to fight violent crime.

"Why? Because [then-Mayor] Rahm Emanuel disagreed with Trump's politics," Caldwell said.

"I guess the Black bodies dying in the streets of Chicago didn't constitute an urgent enough issue for Emanuel to welcome the president's help."

"I'm absolutely disgusted by the violence that continues in my hometown," he said on a Fox News panel discussion about the shooting of a Chicago police officer during a traffic stop.

Caldwell also called out Mayor Lori Lightfoot's soft-on-crime policies, "If you're going to have these soft-on-crime measures, you're never going to get the crime problem under control, whether it be in Chicago, whether it be in Philadelphia, Detroit, wherever it may be."

"These policies must change, and they got to get tough and they got to get tough immediately, otherwise we're going to see more and more people dying in the streets daily," Caldwell added.

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Chicago police are investigating reports that rapper FBG Cash's killers may have placed an Apple AirTag on his Kia SUV to easily track him after he left a club an hour before he was killed.

The 31-year-old drill rap legend was shot 13 times and killed in the early morning hours of June 10 in Chicago.

Surveillance video shows a black Cadillac blocking FBG Cash's Kia SUV at an intersection on the 1600 block of W. 81st Street. 2 men jumped out of the car and opened fire. Cash tried to flee on foot but he was gunned down.

The suspects remain at large.

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FBG Cash's five surviving children took a photo with a life-size cutout of their father at his funeral in Chicago last week.

Now there are rumors that the killers placed an Airtag on the undercarriage of his Kia SUV before he left a nightclub the morning of his murder.

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Apple released the first generation AirTags in 2021 to track the location of misplaced items such as keys and wallets.

But Apple has delayed launching second generation AirTags due to widespread news reports of criminals using the tracking devices to stalk victims.

A second generation AirTag may be equipped with anti-tracking features to prevent lawbreakers from using them to commit crimes.

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Chicago drill legend FBG Cash was shot and killed early Friday morning, according to reports.

Cash, 31, and a woman were shot in a car at 5:32 a.m. in Chicago's Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the 1600 block of West 81st Street, Chicago police said.

Police say a black four-door sedan, possibly a Cadillac, approached their vehicle and an unknown assailant got out and opened fire. The shooter then got back in the Cadillac and sped away.

Cash was transported to Christ Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The female victim, 29, was treated at the hospital for gunshot wounds to the left arm and upper back, police said. She is listed in serious condition.

FBG Cash was a well-known affiliate of the late rapper FBG Duck, who was killed in drive-by shooting in Chicago's affluent Gold Coast neighborhood in August 2020.

Cash was signed to Sony Records and had a baby on the way with his girlfriend.

In a video live-streamed several days ago, Cash tells his opps to "pull up on me" after dissing Lil Durk's brother DThang who was killed outside a Chicago nightclub in June 2021 at age 32.

Cash previously dissed King Von who was fatally shot outside a hookah bar in Atlanta on Nov. 6, 2020.

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Chicago gang members "violated" a 2-year-old boy by tossing him in a garbage can because his father is a rival gang member.

Viral video footage shows gang members chasing the boy's father who is pushing his son in a stroller. When the gang bangers couldn't catch up to dad, they tossed the screaming child into a trash can.

Then the gang members, who call themselves "demons," snapped a photo of the crying toddler and posted the image on social media.

They captioned the post, "Caught the opps son I had to violate."

According to multiple reports, Chicago demons are going after the youngest and most vulnerable Chicago residents if they have beef with their fathers.

"Media Take Out learned that one Chi-Raq gang member recently posted video of himself 'violating' the 2 year old son of his opps. The social media reports claim that the gang member 'caught the 2 year old boy slipping.'

Because the gang member couldn't get the boy's father, he decided to 'violate' the toddler, by throwing him into a garbage can. And the gang member wanted everyone to know how much of a 'demon' that he is... so he posted an image of the crime on his social media page."

Media Takeout reached out to the Chicago police for comment on the IG post. But they refused to comment on the incident.

The video can be viewed here.

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A Chicago activist is being praised as a hero after he discovered a woman who was chained by her ankles in an vacant house for several days.

Community activist Antoine Dobine told WGN he heard a woman crying for help when he walked past an abandoned house on South Eggleston Avenue in the city's South Side neighborhood on Saturday.

Dobine, known as "D-Ice", heard the woman's desperate screams and banging on a wall.

"As I got closer, I'm hearing boom, boom, boom — 'help!' That's what made me call the police," he told WGN.

"I waited for them to come, and when police got here, they discovered there was a young lady in there, handcuffed and chained," he told NBC Chicago.

"I just located a girl inside of this house. Police say she's chained up," D-Ice said on Facebook Live.

The rescued woman told police she was walking to a store when she ran into the suspect - an older man she knew from the neighborhood.

"I ended up bumping into him and he was like, 'You know, come here for a minute,'" she told WGN News.

The man, who is in his 60s, grabbed the victim and dragged her to the vacant house and down into the basement.

"I'm trying to fight him but I can't fight him," she told the media outlet.

The unidentified man chained the woman by her ankles and raped her, the woman told police.

"He raped me twice. He left me in there handcuffed and chained," she said, adding that she cried for help for several days until D-Ice answered her cries at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

D-Ice said the vacant house was known as the "candy store" because an old woman who lived in the house sold penny candy to neighborhood children. He said the house has been abandoned for 30 years.

D-Ice told WGN he paid for a hotel room for the homeless victim and created a Spotfund account to raise money to build a home for the victim. He raised over $1,800 of a $250,000 goal.

The woman expressed her appreciation for D-Ice. "He could have ignored me but he heard me and he helped me. I'm just blessed, I'm truly blessed," she told WGN. "I believe he [the kidnapper] will strike again. I just want him caught."

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A Chicago man who spent two decades behind bars for a murder he didn't commit has been released from jail.

Kevin Dugar, 43, was released from the Cook County Jail on Tuesday — 9 years after his twin brother, Karl Smith, confessed to the murder that put Kevin behind bars.

"Kevin's feeling great," his attorney, Ron Safer, told ABC7 News Tuesday night. "He's a free man tonight. It's long overdue."

"He walked out into the open air and breathed his first breaths as a free man in almost 20 years. It was gratifying to watch his tears roll down his cheeks and their cheeks before (the tears) froze on their faces because it was about 7 below."

Kevin Dugar was convicted of killing a rival gang member in 2005. He was sentenced to 54 years in prison, according to PEOPLE.

But in 2013, Kevin's born-again twin brother, Karl Smith, wrote him a letter in prison, confessing to the murder, the NY Daily News reports.

"I have to get it off my chest before it kills me," Smith wrote. "So I'll just come clean and pray you can forgive me."

Karl was already serving a 99-year-sentence in prison for a home invasion and armed robbery that left a child dead, the Chicago Tribune reports.

However, the prosecutor didn't buy Karl's confession. And another decade went by before the wheels of justice slowly turned in Kevin's direction.

Kevin still has to prove his innocence at a later court date. But for now, he is a free man.

"We are gratified that Judge Hooks carefully weighed all factors and released Kevin pending trial," attorney Safer tells PEOPLE.

"I am hopeful that the State will do the right thing and dismiss Kevin's case. If not, we will prevail at trial because Kevin is innocent."

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A police dispatcher publicly criticized Mayor Lori Lightfoot for turning Chicago, Illinois into a "death zone."

Crime is at a 25-year high in the Windy City, and droves of Chicago residents have fled Chicago for destinations down south. Even petty criminals and gang bangers are leaving in fear of their lives.

This past weekend was the bloodiest Christmas weekend in the city's history. Three people were shot dead and 22 seriously wounded. There have been 793 murders recorded in the city so far.

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Meanwhile, Lightfoot and her domestic partner tweeted a "Kwanzaa" message that didn't go over well.

Police dispatcher Keith Thornton posted a video calling Lightfoot a narcissist for not supporting police.

Thornton said police are short-staffed because of Lightfoot's Covid-19 restrictions that response times are dangerously high.

He said that it took over 10 minutes for police to respond to a shooting.

He said "several of my officers have texted me that they were scared ... They have no backing and they're scared of being out there by themselves, working in the 16th District."

"I'm hot about it because this mayor does not care about Chicago police officers, period. She doesn't care about any first responders. She does not care about the d*** city. It doesn't matter if you're white, black, Asian, Hispanic, other, straight, gay, Democrat, or Republican. She don't even care about her city workers. All that lady cares about is her f***ing self."

Thornton added:

"And I pray you're watching this because you're a disgrace and I'm tired of it. And your city is tired of it. Matter of fact, it's not your city. The city of Chicago is tired of it.

"And I know you don't like me, and that's OK, because I love you, but I'm tired of you because you're an absolute disgrace to everyone within the city."


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Defund the police Democrats -- a congresswoman and a state senator -- were carjacked in separate incidents on Wednesday.

Two boys, ages 13 and 16, a 14-year-old girl, and a 19-year-old man are in custody after the brazen carjacking of Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Pa.) around 2:45 p.m. in FDR Park in South Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon.

The congresswoman had been attending a meeting when she was approached by two armed men who demanded her car keys.

Scanlon surrendered the keys to her blue 2017 Acura MDX, and one of the suspects drove off with her car. The second carjacker followed the first suspect in a separate vehicle, Philadelphia police said.

Police found Scanlon's Acura parked at a shopping center in Newark, Delaware, and arrested five teenagers inside the vehicle around 9 p.m. Wednesday, Delaware State Police said.

A 19-year-old man is expected to face carjacking charges in the incident.

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In a separate case, Illinois Senate majority leader Kimberly A. Lightford and her husband were carjacked around 9 p.m. Tuesday night in Broadview, on the outskirts of Chicago.

Lightford says she and her husband were dropping off a friend when three masked men approached them with guns and demanded their Mercedes SUV.

"I begged them not to shoot us, not to shoot my husband, or me," Lightford said.

"I told them to take whatever they want. They took everything off me that I had of value ... After we got the guns off of us, they separated me and husband... My husband told me to run. I ran, reluctantly, because I didn't want to leave him there."

Shots were fired, and Lightford said her husband, who is a conceal and carry holder, also discharged his gun. The carjackers escaped in the Mercedes SUV. No one was harmed.

Police were able to recover the SUV — which was a loaner from a dealership while the state senator's car is in the shop. The suspects are still at large.

Lightford said she is still shaken by the incident.

"I'm doing much better today," she said on Thursday. "I didn't realize what a traumatic event could do in an adult."

It isn't clear if Scanlon and Lightford are still in favor of defunding the police.

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A Chicago woman was attacked after she leaked video of the moment O-Block ARoy was shot and killed by a man he assaulted.

The Facebook Live video, filmed from an apartment window in O-Block, shows a man cowering on the ground as ARoy punched him repeatedly. When ARoy walked away, the man stood up, drew a weapon and shot the OG gangster multiple times before fleeing on foot. ARoy, real name James Johnson, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The video of his murder went viral on Monday. A second video showed an angry crowd attacking the woman who leaked the video.

O-Block, also known as Parkway Gardens, is an infamous housing project on the 6400 block of South King Drive in Chicago. It was named after Gangster Disciples member Odee Perry, 20, who was shot and killed by Tooka gang member Gakirah "K.I." Barnes when she was only 13.

Parkway Gardens was once home to numerous drill rappers, including Chief Keef and King Von (deceased).

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Chicago has installed "bleeding control kits" around the city amid new statistics that show 602 people have been murdered so far in 2021.

There have been 2,688 shootings so far in the city of Chicago, which is an increase of 55% from 2019.

The bleeding control kits are being installed as part of the "Safe Chicago" program that leaders hope will save lives in areas of the Black community that are under served by police and emergency responders.

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Each $500 kit contains enough supplies to treat eight victims, with tourniquets, gauze, shears, gloves and an instruction manual.

Some residents complain that gunshot victims have died as a result of the delay in getting emergency responders on the scene.

The defund the police movement resulted in a decrease of police officers and emergency medical personnel in Black communities.

The Safe Chicago program is in partnership with the Chicago Fire Department, Chicago Police Department and the city's Assets and Information Services.

426 kits are installed in 269 buildings around the city, according to Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

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A Chicago man who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in hammer attacks on two women in 2014 was arrested Wednesday in the fatal stabbing of a bank teller.

The suspect walked into a Chase Bank in the River North neighborhood and stabbed bank teller Jessica Vilaythong, 24, as she spoke with customers.

Witnesses say the man entered the building and spoke briefly with Vilaythong before stabbing her in the neck with "a pretty big knife" on Wednesday.

After the stabbing, the man ran outside and screamed at pedestrians while waving the bloody knife.

Police apprehended the suspect near the bank hours later.

Vilaythong was pronounced dead at a local hospital on Thursday, reports.

The Chase Bank branch in River North remained closed after the incident.

Chicago police declined to identify the suspect and told NBC5 the investigation is ongoing.

The suspect was previously arrested in 2014 and charged with attacking two 55-year-old women with a hammer as they walked on the lakefront path near Navy Pier.

Both women survived their injuries. However, the suspect was found not guilty by reason of insanity and transferred to a mental health center in 2017.