Man killed while break­ing up fight was pro­tec­tor, grand­mother says

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY EM­MANUEL CAMARILLO, CST WIRE RE­PORTER eca­mar­illo@sun­times.com | @man­ny­cam

Be’Rasheet Mitchell was a pro­tec­tor, and that’s what he was try­ing to be the morn­ing he was killed.

Mitchell was com­ing to his sis­ter’s aid July 16 dur­ing an ar­gu­ment be­tween her and her boyfriend in the 200 block of East 107th Street when the man fired shots at him af­ter he jumped in, Chicago po­lice said.

The 21-year-old fu­ture ar­chi­tect died the next day at Christ Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Oak Lawn.

“If he was here, he prob­a­bly would do it again, pro­tect his sis­ter,” said his grand­mother Anita Trib­ble, 56, adding that he was a good per­son who al­ways smiled no mat­ter the cir­cum­stances.

When she found out Fri­day morn­ing that the man had been ar­rested and charged in his mur­der, Trib­ble dis­played a big smile and thought of one thing: “Jus­tice. Now my grand­son can Rest In Peace.”

Steven Davis, 18, faces a first-de­gree mur­der charge in Mitchell’s death, po­lice said. He was taken into cus­tody the day be­fore in Gales­burg in west­ern Illi­nois.

“For them to have caught him, I was al­ways think­ing when stuff like this hap­pens that peo­ple never get caught, but they got him,” Trib­ble said.

Mitchell, who would have cel­e­brated his 22nd birth­day the day Davis was charged, loved bas­ket­ball but had his heart set on be­com­ing an ar­chi­tect to help his com­mu­nity, the grand­mother said.

“Go­ing to school and get­ting a de­gree meant ev­ery­thing to him,” she said.

Mitchell was pur­su­ing his master’s de­gree in ar­chi­tec­ture at the Univer­sity of Illi­nois at Ur­bana-Cham­paign.

“His life should have never been gone be­cause of this boy’s sense­less act. It has hurt, dearly,” Trib­ble said.

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