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Cook County Circuit Court Worker Found Dead in Car

One man found in the car's trunk, the other in the back seat, police said



    Family and coworkers identified one of the men found dead in a car this week as 30-year-old Antwone Price. He worked at Daley Center's Cook County civil division for years. Michelle Relerford reports. (Published Thursday, May 23, 2013)

    Chicago Police continue investigating the deaths of two men found in a car this week on the city's South Side.

    Officers discovered the bodies about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday in a white Camaro while responding to a call requesting a well-being check in the 7100 block of South Oakley Avenue, police said.

    One man was found in the back seat, the other inside the trunk of the car, police said.

    One of the men was identified Thursday as 30-year-old Antwone Price, who worked as a cashier at the Daley Center's Cook County civil division. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

    "I'm numb," Price's grandmother, Myrtis, said. "My dream is gone."

    Myrtis Price raised Antwone Price from the time he was a baby. Her dream was to see her grandson escape the fate that befell his father, who was murdered when Antwone was young.

    "They took my dream away," she said.

    Price was engaged to be married and has a 15-month-old daughter. He recently moved them into a new home in Markham. For eight years he worked in the Cook County Clerk's civil division where coworkers say he was like family.

    "They're having a really hard time," Chief Deputy Clerk Janet Hunter said. "We had a couple that tried to come in today. We had to send them home, they just couldn't make it. It's just a difficult time for us all."

    Dorothy Brown, clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, said Price was a reliable person with a strong work ethic.

    "He worked very hard here," Brown said. "It's unusual for him to call in. We had been reaching out to him. We were very saddened to find this out."

    Employees said Price's work ethic was never compromised by his second career. Price loved music and had a promotions businesses called I'm on Ent, promoting parties and artists. His grandmother believes jealousy played a role in his death.

    "He had enemies around here," Myrtis Price said. "They hated him. They never cared for him."