The family believes that there can be links between the Sunday killing, weeks earlier, of 18-year-old Treja Kelley, who had been pregnant, and her testimony in a murder case.
“I think this could be the case in my heart,” the grandmother of Kelley, Judy Fields, told. “But we don’t know for certain.” Kelley walked home Sunday night at the Back of the Yards when, by Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner office, a man emerged from the street and shot her several times.
She was precipitated to the Medical Center University of Chicago, where she was declared dead, the officials said. The police said there were no arrests.
Kelley just completed her 47th place shift at Fairplay and chose to take the bus home, says Fields. She was pregnant for three months.
After testifying in June against Deonte Davis, who was accused of killing Kelley’s cousin, Christopher Fields, 17, his family said they were concerned about his security.
“We did everything we could to carry her everywhere she went,” said Fields. “It would take usually Kelley from work, but I don’t know why she didn’t.”
According to a spokesperson for the Cook County Attorney’s Office, Kelley testified against Davis in June. Davis was convicted of the murder of the first degree later that month. He must be brought back to trial Oct. 3.
Kelley saw her cousin kill as she came to meet him at the bus stop, Fields said. Fields said.
Christopher Fields and a 19-year-old person stood on the sidewalk of 5200 South Sangamon Street on June 1, 2016, when Davis, driving a silver vehicle, passed by and opened fire, police said.
The officials said Fields was fired in the back and taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died that evening. The elderly teenager was shot in the left wrist and in good shape brought to the same hospital. Around 5 minutes before the shooting, Davis had failed in attempting to rob a 53-year-old guy at a gunpoint on South Halsted Street 5100 blocks, said police.
Judy Fields said Kelley was one of two shooting witnesses and decided to testify because she was close to her cousin.
“For Chris, she had to do that,” Fields said.
Chicago police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said Kelley detectives had not established the motive for slaughtering Kelley and were “researching all opportunities.” In June, Kelley graduated from UIC College Prep and plans to study at Chicago, Illinois University, Fields said. Fields said she was in the vicinity of Kelley, who lived on the road from her.
Fields said she’s been living in the back yards for 35 years and remember when it was quiet and peaceful.
“There has been so much change in the neighborhood,” Fields said. “Here I raised my children. Now here, so much occurred. We can do everything we can to pray for peace.”