A 23-year-old man was shot to death inside an apartment building in the West Side's South Austin neighborhood Thursday night, authorities said.
Police called to the 0-100 block of South Mason Avenue found the man unresponsive on a first-floor stairwell about 10:40 p.m., shot multiple times in the chest, police said.
Regimond Maxwell, Jr. was pronounced dead on the scene at 10:59 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Hours later at the scene, authorities wheeled a gurney carrying a covered body out from a four-story tan brick walk-up. As the body removal technicians wheeled the gurney toward a white van in the middle of the street, loud sobs could be heard from a group of people standing just south of yellow police tape.
Behind another police line on on West Madison Street, 24-year-old Dimico Jones stood alone and watched.
"It hurts," said Jones, whose girlfriend is a cousin of the man killed. "It hurts. It hurts."
Moments later, his cell phone rang, and when he answered it on speaker phone, the sounds of someone crying could be heard.
"The morgue just took him right now," Jones told the friend on the other line. "It's true, bro.
"It's going to be okay," he continued. "Try to be strong."
The man killed was a high school graduate working a security job, according to his uncle, 52-year-old Vincent Russell.
"He left too soon," Russell said. "I'm going to miss him a whole lot."
No suspects were in custody as Area North detectives investigated.