Man, 29, fatally shot in apparent robbery attempt

Chicago police are looking for the shooter after a man who worked as a Cubs parking lot attendant for years is gunned down on the South Side during an apparent robbery.
May 4, 2014 8:48:57 PM PDT
Chicago police are looking for the shooter after a man who worked as a Cubs parking lot attendant for years is gunned down on the South Side during an apparent robbery.

Jabari Davis, 29, was killed in the 900 block of East 81st Street in the East Chatham neighborhood.

The Cubs parking lot is just three blocks from Wrigley Field. Many of the people who park there are regulars, so it is no surprise that news of Davis's violent death hit close to home for many of them.

"I can't even think of the words to say because it's unbelievable," said friend Omeka Readus. "Waking up to a phone call that someone you love and cherish is no longer with you."

Davis was following his usual morning routine, getting a cup of coffee at the local mini mart, but just after 7 a.m., he was shot and killed at his front door. His mother was just steps away.

"The dude almost shot at me too. But I ran, me and my daughter ran to my bedroom. And my son said, 'Momma,' and it was too late," Linda Davis said. "They had shot my son in the arm and in the chest."

Investigators believe whoever shot Davis may have been looking to rob him. A parking attendant at Wrigley Field's Irving Park lot, Davis worked for the Cubs for ten years and was well known by the regulars. Fans arriving for Sunday night's game were simply stunned.

"For years he's always there for me. It's unbelievable," said Bobby Jackson.

A long time season-ticket holder and recovering stroke victim, Jackson says Davis always made a point of saving him a spot close to the entrance.

"He's beautiful, a great spirit," Jackson said. "He's always like, 'What time are you leaving church so I can have your spot for the Cubs?'"

In a statement released earlier the Chicago Cubs paid tribute to the long-time parking attendant: "Davis was a seasoned veteran of our parking operation and received numerous awards for his outstanding work over the years. Davis took great pride in his work and was always eager to help Cubs fans, as well as his fellow colleagues."

His family is calling on whoever shot him to turn themselves in.

"He didn't deserve nothing," said Bianca Ross, Davis's sister. "My brother go to work, come home. My nephew. What am I supposed to say to my nephew?"

Detectives at Area South are in charge of the investigation and say they still do not have anyone in custody.


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