Teen kills own grandfather for money to buy tattoos

Teen kills own grandfather for money to buy tattoos

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.

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

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

“I just know that he stayed there,” said neighbor Mario Farmer, who was shocked at hearing the news about the grandson being accused. “I would have never expected it. That’s sad. That’s really sad.”

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