By Rosemary Regina Sobol
5:59 PM CDT, March 16, 2013
Two men have been charged with slaying a woman and two children and wounding a 4-year-old boy in an October 2010 shooting in south suburb Harvey.
Brandon Griffin, 29, of the 100 block of Shabbona Drive in Park Forest, and Dajuan Crockett, 22, who lives on 153rd Street in south suburban Phoenix, were each charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder, said Harvey spokeswoman Sandra Alvarado.
Bail was denied for Griffin and Crockett during court hearings Friday at the Markham courthouse, said Alvarado.
All of the victims were related, and the shooting happened Oct. 24, 2010, at the woman’s home in the 300 block of West 151st Street in Harvey, said Alvarado.
Griffin and Crockett, along with two unidentified people, went to the home and fatally shot 28-year-old Donysha Stovall, her 9-year-old daughter Clarisma Torrey and 16-year-old Shaquille Davis, who was the son of Stovall's boyfriend, said police and Alvarado. A then 4-year-old boy, who family members identified as Clarisma's brother Nate Davis, was also shot but survived.
Clarisma died of a gunshot wound to the face while Davis and Stovall died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, which declared all three deaths homicides after autopsies performed on Oct. 25, 2010.
“Our investigators have been working the case relentlessly since 2010,” said Alvarado. “We finally have some closure,'' said Alvarado, who credited the cold case unit of the Cook County state's attorney's office.
No one else has been charged in the case, said Alvarado, who declined to say if anyone else is being sought.
Nate, known as “little man’’ to his neighbors, was shot six or seven times and was taken at the time to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
Nate’s sister, Clarisma, had just learned to ride a small pink bike around the neighborhood on two wheels, family and neighbors said at the time.
Stovall had been planning a joint Halloween and birthday celebration for Nate, who turned 5 in November 2010. A relative brought his Spider-Man costume to the hospital to keep it near him while the boy was treated.
Gunfire erupted about 10 p.m. that Sunday night at Stovall’s home, a familiar sound in a neighborhood grappling with gangs, crime and abandoned buildings, where vagrants roam, neighbors said.
Police at the time said they found drugs inside the second-story apartment where the shooting happened, and that drugs could be linked to the shootings. There was no forced entry into the home.
Stovall’s family at the time said she was a devoted mom who juggled being a bank teller in the Loop during the day and studying management at Columbia College in Chicago part time at night.
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