CPD investigating South Side double murder

January 28, 2009 2:57:05 PM PST
A disturbing discovery was made Wednesday morning in a second floor apartment on the city's South Side. Two men were found shot to death in the 6800-block of South Indiana. The bodies were discovered at about 8 a.m. Wednesday morning in a second-floor apartment in a building at 6817 S. Indiana. That's where the bodies of two men were found shot to death.

A friend of one of the victims says that she talked to one of the victims Tuesday and said there was no indication that there was anything wrong. But, Wednesday, friends and family want to know why these two men were killed.

Markita Harris' cousin, Ronald Hamilton, was one of two men found shot to death. Hamilton and James Smith were found in Smith's apartment by one of his co-workers who had come to pick him up.

"I knocked on the door, and the door came open, and then I yelled for him and he didn't come out. I thought he fell back to sleep or something. Then I looked to my right, and he was laying in the middle of the floor, and I looked to my left and looked over at him and saw that his eyes was open and he was shot," said Willie Mhoon, victim's friend.

Relatives of the victims want to find out any details they could about the murders and wonder why anyone would want to kill them. They say Hamilton, who grew up in the neighborhood, was expecting his first child and that he grew up in the neighborhood and came back often to visit his friend.

Smith was the neighborhood handyman.

"He was a good person, kind heart, working man. Didn't bother nobody. Everybody in the community loved him because he always helped and was always willing to do something for somebody," said Debra Otis, victim's friend.

"He always helped push the car out of the snow and just helped me out," said Markita Harris, victim's cousin.

Police are investigating, but they are releasing very little information, so it is not known at this point what the motive may have been or whether there are any suspects.