Elderly man shot to death, robbed on Far South Side

March 2, 2013 3:16:34 PM PST
William Strickland, 72, was murdered outside his own home while waiting for a ride to a medical appointment.

Police say they are still looking for the two men robbed and shot him in the gangway outside his home in the 400 block of east 95th Street near King Drive on the South Side.

The shocking attack happened as William Strickland headed to an early morning medical appointment.

"I don't think he deserves this," said Raymond Pritchett, Strickland's brother-in-law. "The man was going to dialysis. He goes every Saturday morning and to me, whoever did this was watching him all the time."

It happened around 3:30 Saturday morning as the man walked out of his south side home in the 400-block of East 95th Street.

He was headed to a waiting ride he'd scheduled to take him to a standing kidney dialysis appointment.

Friends say Strickland had been undergoing treatment for about five years and went three times a week, and early on Saturdays, to get it out of the way.

"They're really hurting, because you wouldn't expect nothing like this to happen. For somebody to do something like that is just plain heartless," said family friend Cornelius Southern.

Police say Strickland was standing in a gangway between two houses when two attackers walked up, robbed him and shot him multiple times.

The driver of the Pace van, there for the pick-up, neighbors and the man's family, heard the shots.

"He's trying to save his life by going to dialysis and someone comes along takes it," said neighbor Maurice Price.

Sixth Ward Alderman Roderick Sawyer commented about the violence in his community while attending an anti-violence forum with area clergy.

"The message is that this has to stop. I can't stand another day of thinking about a senior, a child being murdered in our community in the city of Chicago. We have come together," Sawyer said.

Strickland lived in the Brainerd neighborhood for 30-some years with his wife, daughter and grandchildren. Friends and Neighbors describe the retired steel mill worker as friendly and willing to lend a helping hand.

"Nice person, didn't bother nobody, minded his own business," Pritchett said.

Police were still following leads Saturday evening, hoping to find the two individuals responsible for the slaying.