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Prosecutor: Man killed girlfriend as boy, 4, yelled for him to stop

By Steve Schmadeke and Rosemary Regina Sobol

Tribune reporter

9:08 PM CDT, July 10, 2013

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Bail was denied Wednesday for a security guard accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend as her 4-year-old son screamed for him to stop.

Wynton Collins, 28, who works for a private firm that provides security for Chicago Housing Authority buildings, confronted Georgina Randall while she was visiting her cousin's home in 1600 block of South Drake Avenue on Monday, Cook County prosecutors said.

Randall was sitting on the front porch when Collins began quarreling with her because she wouldn't go to the bank with him, Assistant State's Attorney Bridget O'Brien said. He then pulled out a handgun and shot her, she said.

As Randall's family members ran, Collins is alleged to have reloaded the weapon and entered the front yard. Her 4-year-old son yelled at Collins to stop because he was hurting his mother and then threw a toy at Collins, O'Brien said.

Collins shoved the boy aside, stood over Randall and fired more shots, O'Brien said. Randall, 30, was shot five times — twice in the left arm, twice in the left breast and once in the torso, authorities said.

She was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 5:44 p.m. Monday, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Randall's 7-year-old daughter identified Collins to the police, saying she saw him run from the home after the slaying.

Collins allegedly fled to a friend's home in Bellwood, telling her he needed to hide because he had just shot his girlfriend, O'Brien said. The friend later called police and Collins was arrested. A loaded 9 mm weapon was found behind the friend's home, according to O'Brien.

Collins' attorney, Julie Koehler, said Collins has no criminal record. She said Collins graduated from Orr High School Academy in 2002 and from Wright College in 2006 with a degree in business administration. He worked several years as a security guard, Koehler said.

Randall, whose nickname is GG, was born in Chicago but grew up in Kansas City, Mo., according to her cousin Joe Norris, 41.

The family was preparing for a reunion in Chicago soon, but Norris said it won't be the same without Randall.

"It will be empty,'' Norris said. "She touched so many people.''

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