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Mother of man shot dead in burning vehicle calls for improvements on Far South Side Road: ‘You need to know’ – Chicago Sun-Times | Casual Expat

Myron Richardson often bought his mother roses, so his friends and family recently stood on Doty Avenue on the Far South Side on his 21st birthday, holding red and white balloons.

It’s been over a year since Richardson was shot and his mother, Carmela Richardson, wonders if she will ever see justice. So she’s seeking some justice of her own right here on the 12100 block of South Doty Avenue, where her son was killed.

Richardson is pushing for the route to be named after her son, and she’s asking city officials to make the street safer with cameras and lights.

“It’s pitch black, the roads are terribly full of potholes,” she said. “Sometimes you have to turn around [high beams] to make sure no other car comes.”

She has the support of well-known community activist Andrew Holmes. “We’re looking for an improvement over there on his behalf,” he said. “Someone can show up and carjack you, rob you, or even take your life.”

So far she has not received any confirmation from Ald. Anthony Beale (9th), whose office has told her he will be awarded two honors a year and there is a 10-year backlog. While the City Council said the potholes should be filled, his office did not comment on Richardson’s request that the road be made less dangerous.

For Richardson, it’s more about waiting for answers. While Chicago police made an arrest in the case, the suspect has not been charged with firing the shot that killed Myron Richardson.

“My kids deserve to know that the person who kidnapped their brother is going to be locked up for the rest of their lives,” said Carmela Richardson. “I don’t want to disappoint her.”

On August 12, 2022, Myron Richardson’s 21st birthday, a vigil was held near where he was found on Doty Avenue.

“You must know Myron was very popular”

In the days after Richardson’s death, Carmela and her family called a detective nearly half a dozen times to follow up the case and were unable to get through, they say. Another time, according to the family, a supervisor hung up.

Four months later, Darius Dawson – Myron’s half-brother – was arrested in Park Forest after officers linked him to the murder through cellphone data and CCTV footage, according to police reports from The Sun-Times.

Dawson was charged with covering up a murder, according to court records. He is being held on $1 million bail in the case. His next scheduled court date is September 27.

Richardson says detectives “were not on their best behavior because they thought Myron was another black kid who was murdered on the streets of Chicago.”

“You have to know that Myron was very popular,” said Carmela Richardson. “If it were yours you would want someone to do everything under the sun for you and yours to get justice, so why can’t this apply to everyone?”

On the morning of July 6, 2021, Myron Richardson told his girlfriend he would meet Dawson at his home. The Richardson family said Myron’s phone last pinged at Park Forest’s home before it was turned off.

After Dawson was questioned by police, Carmela Richardson says a detective told her late last year he knew Dawson was involved in the murder.

In the months that followed, Richardson said, she tried in vain to reach the detective to provide new information.

“I left my name and number, he didn’t answer my calls,” she added. “This is a slap in the face to me and everyone who loved Myron.”

The detective could not be reached for comment.

When asked why no murder report was filed, police spokesman Tom Ahern simply replied: “The case has been brought to the prosecutor’s office and charged accordingly.”

Carmela Richardson said she vividly remembered the last time she spoke to her son. “He knocked on my door and told me he was leaving, and little did I know that this would be the last time I actually heard my son’s voice in my house,” she said.

“I should be the one to take the pain away from my kids to protect them,” she said. “And I couldn’t protect my son.”

On her son’s birthday, Carmela Richardson watched the 50+ balloons float down Doty Avenue, her last fight in her son’s memory.

“This will hurt us forever,” she said.

Carmela Richardson, mother of Myron Richardson, who was killed July 6, 2021, attends a vigil on the Far South Side.

Carmela Richardson, mother of Myron Richardson, who was killed July 6, 2021, attends a vigil on the Far South Side.

Updated: September 19, 2022 — 5:38 pm

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