Police question person in slaying of 75-year-old man
The scene of two separate homicides occurring blocks apart. (Google Maps / June 27, 2012)
The individual was being questioned in the slaying of Donald Ellens, whose body was found about 10:30 p.m. June 26 at his Calumet Heights neighborhood home in the 9000 block of South East End Avenue.
Officers responding to a request for a well-being check were met by Ellens' daughter, Cherita, who said she had not talked to him in several days. She had tried to open the door, but it was chained, according to a police report.
The daughter forced her way inside and found her father facedown on his bedroom floor, the report said. There were no signs of forced entry and nothing seemed out of place, according to the report. It appeared someone had tried to wipe the blood off the floor, the report said. A weapon was not found.
Ellens would have turned 76 on Sunday, his daughter said. He had worked at Cook County Hospital as a nurse's assistant for more than 30 years before retiring, she said.
Cherita Ellens said her father enjoyed spending time with his neighbors and working on his lawn.
No charges have been filed in the slaying as of Friday afternoon.
Minutes before his body was discovered, Aletha McGee, 62, was found shot several times in the basement of her home a dozen blocks west in the 9000 block of South Dobson Avenue in the Burnside neighborhood, police said. Her son, Earnest McGee, 34, has been charged with first-degree murder in her slaying.
The two homicides are not related.