Family Mourns Death of Man Shot While Going to Dialysis

By Alexandria Fisher
|  Saturday, Mar 2, 2013  |  Updated 2:14 PM CDT
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A 72-year-old man was fatally shot early Saturday in his gangway on the Far South Side, officials said.

William Strickland was on his way to dialysis when he was shot in what appeared to be a robbery, police said.
 
Strickland's family said they're shocked by the "senseless" act and that Strickland, who recently retired from a steel mill after 28 years of employment, was a kind-hearted and generous.
 
"He was getting up this morning, going to dialysis so he could try and live his life a little longer and they just zapped it from him," said brother-in-law Kevin Smith. 
 
Strickland's daughter said those who knew her father knew he didn't deserve this.
 
"I'm going to truly, really, really, miss my father," she said. 
 
Police taped off area on the corner of 95th Street and Eberhart Avenue and remained on the scene for much of Saturday morning.
 
Neighbors said the area is mostly filled with retired or older residents and typically has little violence.
 
"We're not used to [violence] here. It's a close neighborhood," said Jonathan Garener. "William was a wonderful guy. I feel like I lost a role model."
 

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