Police investigate deadly shooting

August 26, 2008 4:03:56 PM PDT
A Vietnam veteran was gunned late Monday down near his home on the city's South Side. He was on his way home from his second job at a food store within blocks of where he lived. Sixty-three-year-old Herbert Balentine was murdered near 79th and South Ellis in the East Chatham neighborhood a little after 11:30 Monday night. His family says he was on his way home from work.

"When is the killing going to stop? You know, it's not about us killing one another, but love, true love. Brotherly. Something needs to be done," said Herbert Wright, victim's son.

Police say a man approached Balentine and shot him before running away on foot. The victim collapsed near a CTA bus stop at 79th and Ellis.

Police do not have a motive for the shooting and would not say if Balentine was robbed.

"My brother loved everyone and he was always giving," said Elva Smith, victim's sister-in-law.

Balentine was an Army veteran who served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. He held two jobs, one as a part-time worker at the Food Town supermarket just a quarter of a block from where he was murdered. He worked in the store for over a year and a half.

"He would come every morning, give me the paper and go to work. He will be missed," said Mike Smalley, Food Town supermarket.

"I really hope the candles we have out here on the streets of Chicago, that they can find who did this to him. And I want justice served," said Wright.


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