Son found parents stabbed to death in Austin home; suspect in custody
Chicago Fox 32 News, 18 June 2017
Newman said the son who called police had been living with his parents and caring for his mom, who had recently been released from the hospital.
The Ervins were active members of their Jehovah’s Witness faith.
"They were well known community members in the community, worked in the community and also helped people in the community,” said Andrew Holmes, community activist.
Autopsies Monday found both died of multiple blunt force injuries, and their deaths were ruled homicides.http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/crime/262227812-story
Couple stabbed to death on West Side: 'Everyone called them mom and pop'
Chicago Tribune, 18 June 2017
"I can't believe it," she said. "(The slain man) was taking care of his wife. She was sick, and they stayed in the house. They didn't bother anyone."
She said the couple was retired, and the slain woman previously worked for the U.S. Postal Service.http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-couple-stabbed-to-death-on-west-side-everyone-called-them-mom-and-pop-20170618-story.html
Son found parents stabbed to death in Austin home; person in custody
Sun Times Chicago Monday 19 June 2017
A person was in custody Sunday afternoon after a son found his elderly parents stabbed to death early Sunday in their Austin neighborhood home on the West Side.
The male returned home about 1:10 a.m. in the 1400 block of North LeClaire and found his parents with multiple stab wounds to their bodies, according to Chicago Police. He then called police.
His parents — 69-year-old Shirley Ervin and 67-year-old Johnnie Ervin — were pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. Autopsies Monday found both died of multiple blunt force injuries, and their deaths were ruled homicides.
Charges were pending against the person in custody.http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/police-person-found-2-family-members-stabbed-to-death-in-austin-home/
Chicago records 300th homicide over Father's Day weekend — just like last year
Chicago Tribune, 19 June 2017
Chicago recorded its 300th homicide over the Father's Day weekend, just like it did last year.
Over the entire weekend, 11 people were killed and at least 50 others were shot across the city.
Among those killed this past weekend were Shirley Ervin, 69, and her husband, Johnnie Ervin, 67, known as "mom and pop" on their block in North Austin. A relative found them around 1:10 a.m. Sunday inside their home in the 1400 block of North Leclaire Avenue. They had been stabbed to death, authorities said.http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-weekend-violence-20170619-story.html
Man charged with stabbing elderly couple to death in Austin home
Sun Times Chicago Tuesday 20 June 2017
A man has been charged with stabbing an elderly couple to death early Sunday in their Austin neighborhood home on the West Side.
Dexter Barnes, 47, faces two felony counts of first-degree murder,
according to Chicago Police. He lives on the same block as the stabbing.
69-year-old Shirley Ervin and 67-year-old Johnnie Ervin — were
pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. Autopsies Monday found
both died of multiple sharp force injuries, and their deaths were ruled
Barnes eventually returned to the couple’s home and was subsequently
identified as the attacker, police said. The incident was referred to as
“domestic-related,” but additional details were not provided.
Barnes was scheduled to appear in bond court on Tuesday.
Austin Man Charged in Domestic Related Murder Offender: Dexter Barnes, 47
Chicago Police, Tuesday 20 June 2017