Dice game allegedly led to brother's shooting death near school

March 6, 2008 9:10:57 PM PST
One of three brothers is dead and another injured after a shooting that allegedly stemmed from a dice game. The two brothers were shot in south suburban South Holland near Thornridge High School, where a third brother attends school, and St. Jude parish, which contains a grade school.

South Holland Police responded to the scene near 154th Street and Cottage Grove near the Dolton border.

The deceased victim, identified by relatives as 24-year-old Kenneth Thomas, was found in a field. The injured victim, his brother, was found in the street and taken to Ingalls Hospital in Harvey in an unknown condition. The three brothers were apparently involved following a dice game gone bad.

Neighbors say the shooting occurred around 3 p.m. The South Surburban Major Crimes Task Force is investigating.

The west campus for Christ Our Savior elementary school is just in front of the field. An archdiocese spokesperson said the school was put on lockdown but was actually out of session when the shooting happened. They were, however, running their aftercare program. No students were involved.

The family says Thomas and his 20-year-old brother, Maverick Magee, went to pick up their younger brother at Thornridge High because the 15-year-old student had been picked on all day after Magee's dice game went sour Wednesday night. Now, the family is mourning and remembering Thomas.

"He was more of a house person. He really didn't come outside around there too much," said aunt Gwendolyn Thomas Saxton.

The family says Magee took money and a phone from the dice game. Their mother disagreed with his actions, going as far as calling the dice players Wednesday to pick up the items . But no one dropped by their home.

"This is selfish to me, all the guns and gangs and everything," said Saxton.

"It's scary because now I have to worry about myself walking home after school, knowing that someone out here is killing people, and they haven't found him yet," said student Jada Wilson.

"There's no place you feel safe, and I think in America, we always felt we were safe. Apparently we're not," said John Thomas, South Holland EMS Director.