Father of 3 found shot to death in BMW on South Side – Chicago Tribune
As Dwayne Henley swiftly strode toward a crime scene outside his son’s South Side apartment building, he realized his fears for the young man’s safety were confirmed.
Only a few months ago, Dwayne Triplett, 32, a single father of three, had moved to a second-floor apartment in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. Triplett, a local contractor, was given free board by a landlord who had hired Triplett and his father to paint the building.
But Henley started growing concerned for Triplett after someone shattered the windows of his car and stole some of belongings inside.
“I was scared for him over there,” Henley said. “I told him, ‘You need to get from over there. You can’t be doing that, buying rims and flashing it in front of these young boys.’”
About 8:35 a.m. Sunday, Triplett was discovered slumped over the driver’s seat of a gray BMW in the 1100 block of West 72nd Street. He suffered a gunshot wound to the head and chest, and was pronounced dead on the scene, according to department spokeswoman Officer Bari Lemmon.
“He took after me,” Henley said of his son. “He had just gotten a contract on 74th and Halsted remodeling a church, fixing up the walls and building the pulpits.”
Triplett leaves behind three a daughter, 12, and two sons, ages 8 and 9, Henley said. The children’s mother, Henley said, died a little more than a year ago from cancer.
Saturday night, a relative had picked up the children so she could take them to church Sunday, so they were not at their apartment when the shooting happened, another relative said.
In the hours after the shooting, about two dozen neighbors gathered around the perimeter of the crime scene, as officers scoured the car and took photographs of the car’s interior and one scrawled notes on a legal pad. A few other investigators entered a corner store, A & A Groceries Inc., at the ground floor of Triplett’s apartment, which had several surveillance cameras positioned on the side of the building where the car was found parked.
Surveillance footage showed a Chevrolet car and a van approach the vehicle and open fire earlier Sunday morning, according a clerk at the store.
“They open the door, shoot and left,” he said.
A few hours after Triplett’s body was found, relatives and friends arrived on the scene. A woman and two men with their shirts off ducked underneath the police tape on the verge of tears.
“Ya’ll don’t know who did this (expletive)?” one man yelled to the crowd as he was escorted by police.
The woman broke down and grabbed a nearby fence to hold herself up.
“Why him?” she said. “Why?”
A while longer, a Cook County medical examiner’s investigator arrived. The body was eventually taken by a city contractor to the medical examiner’s office. As the crowd thinned, two young men approached police.
“I know who did it. I’ll take you there now.”
The men turned toward the remaining group of onlookers.
“Go run and tell ’em, ’cause I know ya’ll know (too).”