General — 27 May 2017 — by Albert J. Ciego
Belizean stabbed to death in Chicago

CHATHAM, Chicago, USA, Tues. May 23, 2017–Belizean Jermaine James, 35, also known as “Rasta Jayblood,” who was living in Chatham, Chicago, died after being stabbed multiple times in the body by a man with whom he had an altercation.

According to the Chicago Sun Times, Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office reported that the incident occurred at about 11:50 last night in an alley on 79th Street between Vernon Avenue and Eberhart Avenue.

During the argument, the man pulled out a knife and stabbed James. He then escaped.

When police arrived in the alley, they saw James’ body lying on the ground, wrapped in a white sheet, and he was declared dead on the scene by an examiner.

Reports are that James was stabbed near the house of his child’s mother. The police are still investigating the fatal stabbing.

James was the father of a son, 5 years old. This afternoon, a family member of James told us, that nothing much was known about what led to the murder, and that his mother, Deanne Patricia Hall, was on her way to Chicago.

Police said that that no one has been arrested for James’ stabbing.

According to the Chicago Tribune, in August 2016, James was involved in an altercation with a man at the annual Belize Fest, which was held at the Hawthorne Racecourse in Stickney, Chicago, where more than 1,500 people were present.

During the altercation, Chicago police reported, James pulled out a gun at the man and the man also pulled out his gun, and the man beat James in his head with the gun, causing James to drop his firearm, which discharged, injuring two women who were nearby.

Both men were arrested and James was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Stickney police said that the women who were struck were “unintended victims,” and the women were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to the Tribune, court records did not indicate whether James fired the gun, but it was loaded at the time of his arrest. Prosecutors said they do not know what prompted the altercation.

Following that incident, Cook County Judge Peter Felice, at the Bridgeview courthouse, had set bail at $150,000 for James, which he was able to meet.

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