Community Activists Recognized for Rallying Public Support to Help Solve Tragic Slaying Caused by Stray Bullet
Alderman Edward M. Burke (14th) officially presented a City Council resolution to Wallace “Gator” Bradley (left) and Andrew Holmes (right) recognizing their efforts to rally community support to assist police in solving the tragic murder of Chicago educator Betty Howard. (also pictured is Terri Marsh, wife of Bradley and senor aide to 34th Ward Alderman Carrie Austin)
Howard, a 58-year-old special education case manager at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep, was killed by gunfire on May 29, 2014, while working a second job as a realtor in the Chatham community.
Law enforcement authorities allege the gunman was aiming at a rival who was driving by in a car when a stray bullet ripped through a wall of the real estate office and struck Betty Howard in the chest as she sat at her desk. Two other innocent victims were injured by the spray of bullets.
Bradley, the founder of United in Peace ,Inc , and Andrew Holmes, an anti-violence activist, urged the community to assist in finding the individual responsible for her death. The two activists circulated flyers bearing the name and photograph of Dominque Hodrick, 23, proclaiming him a “person of interest” in the case. On June 12, 2014, Hodrick, was charged with the crime and denied bond. (Donal Quinlan)