A suspect has been charged in the shooting death of 58-year-old Betty Howard who lost her life Wednesday, May 28 after she was struck by a stray bullet during gang crossfire.
Police arrested Dominique Hodrick, 23, Tuesday after he was identified from surveillance footage, according to the Chicago Sun Times. Hodrick allegedly confessed to the murder upon his arrest.
Hodrick, an alleged affiliate of the Gangster Disciples street gang, reportedly was attempting to strike a rival who was driving in his neighborhood, but missed.
Hodrick was subsequently charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and other offenses. He appeared in court Thursday and was ordered held without bail, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Howard, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., was shot in the head after a bullet ripped through her wall as she conversing with a co-worker inside a real estate building on the 700 block of East 79th street, according to ABC Chicago. Two others were also shot and are recovering from injuries.
Howard taught special education at Brooks College Prep on the city’s South Side, Chicago Sun-Times reports. Brooks College Prep students honored Howard by releasing pink and green balloons, the colors of AKA, according to The AP.
Howard was a devout Christian woman and was the ‘first lady’ of New Light Holiness Church where her husband of five years, the Rev.Major Howard is pastor, according to Chicago Sun Times.
Howard had two sons and two grandchildren.
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