Police: Grandson Killed, Robbed 72-Year-Old Man Who Was Headed to Dialysis

Tina Sfondeles, Chicago Sun-Times, March 30, 2013

William Strickland waited for his grandfather to step out of his South Side home to take his paratransit ride to a kidney dialysis appointment early March 2, authorities said Saturday—then stood behind the 72-year-old man, shot him six times in the back and stole his wallet, leaving him to die just steps from his home.

Prosecutors said Saturday that Strickland, 19, used the money he took from his grandfather, who also was named William Strickland, to pay for new gym shoes, a cellphone and tattoos.

William Strickland

William Strickland

The teen had no criminal history but was an admitted gang member, they said.

He’d been living with his grandfather, according to neighbors.


The younger Strickland was charged late Friday with first-degree murder and armed robbery with a handgun in the March 2 shooting in the 400 block of East 95th Street. {snip}


Prosecutors said the semi-automatic gun used in the killing was owned by Strickland’s grandfather and that he’d stolen it from the older man.


Neighbors said Strickland, who sometimes walked with a cane, went to dialysis three times a week.

Family and neighbors said Strickland had recently retired after working nearly 30 years at a steel mill.



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  • Puggg

    I guess family loyalty means nothing when you need new shoes, tats and phones.

    The teen had no criminal history but was an admitted gang member, they said.

    “No criminal history” officially. All that means is that he must have never been caught doing anything, or Chicago’s “justice” system let him off time after time so that he has no official record. You don’t make it to 19 years old being a gang banger in the ghetto without committing any real crimes.

    • Oil Can Harry

      The sad part is most leftists reading this story will shake their heads while bemoaning the “easy access to guns” the American people have.

      They’ll follow it up with a snide remark blaming the NRA.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      You probably also don’t make it all the way to the unprovoked backshooting of a disabled, elderly relative without doing some seriously nasty stuff before you reach that point.

    • StillModerated

      Murdering its grandfather was the big initiation.

  • Paleoconn

    Hi shirt has ‘lazy’ on it. You can’t make this stuff up. The extent of industry exhibited by these individuals is limited to how they can rob or kill somebody. Beyond that, they don’t lift a finger.

    I don’t know the old man who was killed, but I think it’s safe to guess he is at least partly responsible for the upbringing of this savage. So, better this old man than my grandpa. Perhaps a distasteful point, but one that needs to be made. In fact, if the thug had killed a White man, I’m not sure it would make the Sun-Times pages.

    • IstvanIN

      Not a distasteful comment, something most of us with any brains would think. Better they off each other than us. And yes, what did this man do to raise a daughter who would have son like this? A son who would shoot his own grandfather in the back, on the front porch, for a pair of sneakers?

      • Paleoconn

        You reap what you sow, as they say. Grandpa might have been a MLK and Malcolm X idolator for all we know, exonerating his own for all wrongdoing, while pinning the blame on the ever-handy White racism.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        Tattoos. You forgot the tattoos.

        • StillModerated

          Ghetto tattoos are sure to feature spelling errors. They’ll soon show up on the Smoking Gun’s mugshot pages.

          • PesachPatriot

            One of my friends who passed away a few years ago was a tattooist in some pretty rough parts of west palm beach….he always said “I don’t understand how someone can spend 600 dollars on sneakers that will be out of style in 3 months, but they want to haggle and debate over the price of something that will be on their skin for the next 50 to 70 years.” I have seen beautiful and amazing artwork on whites, asians and hispanics down here in both color and black and gray….urban americans all have the same stuff….guns, weed leaves, dollar signs, poorly done pit bull portraits, rip(insert dead homies name)….They also like starting out on the hands and neck with instant job stoppers….They also not surprisingly, never tip their tattooists and squirm and squiggle constantly while in the chair….

    • Bill

      His shirt has more than Lazy on it. You can tell by the placement that there is another word on the shirt that they cut off in the photo. That word would be the N word. Apt description. But understated. Should be Lazy N….. Psycopath. Heck, none of them need a T shirt to tell us that. We know. We know………

      • Michael_C_Scott

        Not enough room for that “n word” immediately to the right of it. Maybe below and to the right of it.

  • MekongDelta69

    If NoBama had a grandson…

    • Felix_M

      He’d look like Rahm Emmanuel?

      • IstvanIN

        That is mean, funny, but mean!

  • khesanh67-68

    Just remember, when everything comes apart in our country, this is the type animal who’s coming after us. So keep your powder dry. One round, one hit.

    • Felix_M

      Yup. D’Looshus there is a major reason why Americans are so heartily opposed to the gun-grabbers. Only fools live unarmed in the jungle.

      • ms_anthro

        Fortunately for us, the gun control freaks will become a self-correcting problem on the day the EBT cards stop working.

  • 48224

    He was raised on food stamps. He’ll get 5 years, then probation because he’s a yuff offender. When he gets out of prison he will be a black Muslim, father 13 kids out of wedlock 8 different women, several of which will be white women, years later re-offend and go back to prison where he will meet several of his children who are also doing time for murder and robbery. The second time he gets out of prison he will be older and more manageable. He’ll go through multiple job training programs, father 7 more children before he goes on disability and eventually dies of some disease like diabetes brought on by bad habits and poor behavior. Cradle to grave.


      • 48224

        Yeah, exactly like that!

      • jane johnson

        Is this why there are no male role models in “communities of color”?

      • StillModerated

        Just looking at the picture I can almost hear the ooking, eeking, and screeching.

    • Jason

      Don’t forget Obamacare will pay for all his diabetes scrips and limb surgeries, blood pressure medications, and heart bypass surgery before he goes due to his unhealthy lifestyle, all to the tune of a few hundred grand. But what’s money?

      • Michael_C_Scott

        “What’s money?”

        Especially when YT had to work to earn it.

  • The__Bobster

    Just more spoonie fambly values. New kicks are worth more than the life of a fambly member. Bantus would be better off abandoning their young. Actually, most of the males do exactly that.

  • thoughtcrime

    Can’t be true. No way. I am sure if it is true that white racism or slavery or poverty caused by slaverys legacy caused this. Yeah thats it. See, I proved there’s always a kkkrackkker in the woodpile. He should be rewarded with a white teenaged girl as a girlfriend, to be his future baybay mamma. And given him an Obama scholarship to Harvard.

  • bigone4u

    Chicago again!!!! It must be Obama’s fault, with a bit of the blame to the tutu-wearing Mayor.

  • Sloppo

    Now I’m starting to understand the black men who disappear never to return from the lives of their baby-mommas before the offspring are born.

  • Howard W. Campbell

    In agreement with Paleoconn that at least a white was not harmed in this action. We will however get the tax bill to support this yahoo for the next 50 – 60 years.

    The grandfather had what appears to be a decent looking house. It is across the street from Chicago State University, but if you look it up on google maps, the buildings in the neighborhood do not look like Detroit. The architecture is pretty common for Chicago (lots of 40 X 140 lots). Plus, grandpa retired from the steel mills and was probably drawing a nice retirement with medical benefits. Since he was 72, the grandfather came of age when those kinds of jobs were plentiful. Could this have been a situation where the grandfather was above average and his spawn regressed to the mean? We’ll never know.

    My sister in law’s grandfather came here from Sicily and worked in the Gary Steel works for almost 40 years; from the late 30’s to the late 70’s. My guess is that both Mr. Strickland Sr. and the Sicilian grandfather had the potential to have similar standards of living. The family tree on the Sicilian side doesn’t include murder and gang banging however.

    I’m sure that the quota queens and other people who make their money off of various crises are working overtime to spin this in such a way that whitey will be blamed. Since the murderer is 19, he can’t legally be tried in juvenile court but will the statistics somehow count him as a child with a gun?

  • Felix_M

    Just another proud citizen of Chicongo. Nothing to see here, folks.

  • a multiracial individual

    When you repeat this story to a liberal about what this nice inner city kid did, two things will happen:
    1. You will be called a racist
    2. They will accuse you of fabricating such a sick and insane narrative.

    • ms_anthro

      3. They will blame white gun owners for this crime, which was committed by someone who had the gun illegally.

  • Violent black flash mobs on Sat, Killing Pop Pop for sneakers. Its gonna be one hell of a summer in Chicobongo

  • dd121

    Did you see the ten minute story Brian Williams did this evil act? I didn’t either.

  • Shawn_thefemale

    Those damn guns again! If it wasn’t for all those nasty guns, it would be a marshmallow world and we’d be sitting round the campfire singing Kumbaya.

    • StillModerated


  • Michael_C_Scott

    Do the perp’s math. By killing grandpa, he traded a free place to live for some shoes, a mobile phone, some tattoos… and another free place to live.

    He gots to be haben dat, gnome sayin?

    • Ten bucks says the perp couldn’t even compute Chicago’s 9.5% on Nike’s with the use of a calculator.

  • tickyul

    Horrible……zero sense of humanity.

  • PesachPatriot

    So the “gentleman” in the article would murder his own elderly grandfather for sneaker, cell phone and tattoo money….this is his behavior with a full belly….wonder what him and his homies would do for some hot cheetos and grape drink once the EBT cards stop working….when my grandfather was alive I would feel badly if I accidentally used a swear word in his presence….I cannot understand the thought process that facilitates this kind of inhuman criminality…robbing liquor stores and selling crack is one thing…that is almost “normal” crime at this point…but this is a whole new low even by urban american standards….

    • ms_anthro

      They almost seem inhuman, don’t they?

      • PesachPatriot

        People like to complain about illegal immigrants, and I think we definitely need to secure the southern border, but when was the last time a mexican did something like this? You never hear about them killing their abuelas or abuelitas. This isn’t even crime, its social pathology….I’m sure this will be blamed on slavery, jim crow or some other nonsense.

        • Some Guy

          My money is on a racist White society that pushes consumerism on da poo people. he had to get nice sneekers and a i-Phone because society be racist!

      • Michael_C_Scott


  • IKantunderstand

    Why do we even pretend that these sub-humans are anything but that? To kill your grandfather for a new pair of shoes? We talk about future time orientation, Blacks don’t have it, don’t even understand the concept. I frankly don’t know how many years Blacks will need to equal Whites, I mean, thousands of years are not out of the question. Look at them. they still have jaws that protrude like Apes. Are we supposed to ignore this? Black athletes who win at whatever, thump their chests like gorillas. How is it that any reasoning White person not conflate gorilla behavior with Black behavior?And, we know this comparison is true. Blacks go insane if ever a comparison is made to their looks or behavior to monkeys. I’m sorry, but Blacks do in fact look like chimps, gorillas, apes, whatever. The facts are the facts! You look like primates and you act like primates. Prove you don’t.

    • ms_anthro

      Technically all humans are primates but your point is valid. They look and act like they should be swinging from trees.

  • archer

    He wasn’t a bad boy, just got tired of taking his grandpappy to dialysis.

  • WordUp

    That T-shirt is hilarious.

  • Jay Santos

    He murdered his grandfather, then bought bakkabal shoes. Read the sentence again.

  • Puggg

    Late news.

    His grandmother is also charged.