By Jeremy Gorner and Deanese Williams-Harris
5:10 PM CDT, May 23, 2013
Three times a day, Antwone Price would call his grandmother to make sure she was safe.
“He said: 'I’ve got to protect you. If they don’t kill me, they’re going to kill you,'" Myrtis Price said. "He told me that three times a day. He would call the family to find out where I was.”
Wednesday afternoon, Antwone Price, 30, and another man, Trevin Hullum, 22, were found dead in price's white Camaro parked about six blocks from where he once lived with his grandmother. Price was a promoter who worked with rapper Chief Keef and others through his company Im On Entertainment.
Officers found their bodies around 3:20 p.m. in the 7100 block of South Oakley Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood. One of the men was in the back seat of the two-door Camaro and the other man in the trunk, according to Police News Affairs Officer Dan O'Brien, citing preliminary information.
Investigators are looking into whether the two may have been killed in a robbery, authorities said.
Following autopsies today, determination of the cause of death of each man was pending further studies, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office, which had not yet officially released the men's identities this afternoon.
Residents said it had been parked a block north earlier in the week and may have been towed from there because of street work. Price's fiancee had reported him missing on Wednesday, according to Myrtis Price.
Price said she saw last her grandson on Tuesday, when she learned someone he worked with in the music business owed him $5,000.
Price said her grandson had enemies in the rap music promotion business. “They were jealous because they wanted what he had,” she said.
Although his regular day job was at the Daley Center, he dabbled in the music scene on the side, often traveling, his grandmother said. She said he even took a leave of absence from the Daley Center for a short time so he could concentrate on music.
She said she knew Hullum, but not too well. She believed he was a business associate with Price in the music business.
Price said she raised her grandson at her South Side home, and he attended Leo Catholic High School in the Auburn Gresham community. He later graduated from Quincy University, a Catholic liberal arts university downstate, with a degree in criminal justice, she said.
He leaves behind a 1-year-old daughter.
Myrtis Price said this is not the first she’s met such a tragedy. Her son and Antwone Price’s father, Anthony Price, was shot and killed in 2000.
Myrtis Price has other grandchildren, but she was especially close with Antwone Price, who had several brothers and sisters.
“I worried more about him because I raised him,” she said. “Antwone is a son to me instead of a grandson.”
Price had worked at the Daley Center for nearly a decade, according to a friend and co-worker, Tajuana Campbell, 37. She said he was a cashier who handled court record requests in the Cook County civil division.
Campbell said she last saw Price Tuesday, when he told her about a home he had just purchased for his fiancée and their toddler in the south suburbs.
Price would often come to work with a newspaper and talk about coverage of Chicago’s homicides. “Every morning he used to come in and talk about ... 'Look how many people got killed,'" said Campbell. “He sure did. And now he’s a victim of it.”
Police reported no arrests Thursday.
Tribune reporter Peter Nickeas and Tribune photographer Terrence Antonio James contributed
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