2 Found Murdered Blocks Apart on South Side

A man and woman were found within minutes of each other, but police said the incidents are being treated as separate crimes

By Anthony Ponce and Christian Farr
|  Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012  |  Updated 10:10 PM CDT
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Police said they don't believe the two homicides -- a shooting and a stabbing -- are related but they've got Calumet Heights neighbors on edge. Christian Farr reports.

Police said they don't believe the two homicides -- a shooting and a stabbing -- are related but they've got Calumet Heights neighbors on edge. Christian Farr reports.

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A 62-year-old woman and 75-year-old man were found murdered blocks away from each other Wednesday morning on Chicago's south side.

Police said family members of Aletha McGhee requested a well-being check in the 9000 block of South Dobson Avenue, in the Burnside neighborhood, when they hadn't heard from the woman. Officers found her after 10:30 p.m. shot multiple times inside the home.

"It don't make any sense. As far as we know they didn't take anything except her car. The house wasn't ransacked or anything like that, as far as we know," said McGhee's sister, Vera McGhee.

Those who knew her said she was active in the community and volunteered for the neighborhood watch program.

Moments earlier, officers doing a well-being check found Donald Ellens fatally stabbed in the 9000 block of South East End Avenue, in Chicago's Calumet Heights neighborhood.

Ellens daughter called police Tuesday after not hearing from her father for several days. Neighbors said Ellens was always outside. He was an avid gardner and enjoyed taking care of his and his neighbors lawns, they said.

"He was kind to everybody. He was a kind person. I don't know anybody who would want to do anything like that in their right mind," said Eugene Taylor, a friend of Ellens' for roughly 40 years.

Police said the incidents are being treated as two separate crimes. There was no sign of forced entry in either case, police said, and nothing was taken from either home.

Detectives continue investigating the incident and haven't made any arrests.

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