A WOMAN and her father were found dead after their two-year-old son answered a call from one of their concerned colleagues, police said.
Chicago police found the child unharmed after making the gruesome discovery of the bodies of Javonni Jenkins, 27, and her father, Curtis Hardman, 79.
Officials took the unharmed boy to the hospital for observation, officials said.
“We currently have Area 2 detectives interviewing potential witnesses from the scene,” CPD Deputy Chief Senora Ben said in a news conference posted on the agency’s Facebook page on Thursday.
She told the public the investigation is ongoing and said she doesn’t think the Southside Chicago community should be concerned “at this point.”
“It’s an isolated case,” Ben explained.
No weapons were found at the scene, but the grandfather and mother of the 2-year-old boy left at the home “received fatal gunshot wounds,” said CPD Deputy Director Tom Ahern in a tweet.
‘A GREAT PERSON’
Curtis Hardman Jr., Hardman’s son, said he was shocked by the sudden deaths of his father and half-sister, ABC7 Chicago reported.
He said he only hopes his family can work together to raise his sister’s young son, who is now motherless.
“He was just a great person. He was always there for me no matter what,” Curtis Jr. said of his father and namesake.
Curtis Jr. said his father was a generous family man who taught his son how to swim and was there for him when he graduated from high school, according to ABC7.
“He was always light-hearted, fun to talk to no matter what,” Curtis Jr. said.
“If you needed money, he would give you the last $5 he had in his pocket,” he added.
He said his brother happened to call and asked if he was okay.
“And I was wondering why he asked me that,” Curtis Jr. said.
“I was like, ‘I’m fine, what’s going on?’ and he said your father and sister were dead,” Curtis Jr. said on ABC7.
Curtis Jr. said it was “incredible that this happened.”
“It seems so random,” he added.
“The guy was all about his family — he was taking care of his grandson and my sister,” Curtis Jr. said.
‘A LITTLE BIT TOO LATE’
His sister, Jenkins, was a revered physician assistant at a local hospital whose CEO, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, released a statement on her death on Thursday.
“On behalf of everyone at Holy Cross Hospital and the entire Sinai-Chicago family, we offer our deepest condolences to Javonni’s family,” the statement said.
“We ask everyone to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.”
The mother’s colleagues are the people who initiated the health check when she didn’t show up for work.
Colleagues said they knew something was wrong when she didn’t come in and they started calling her.
They revealed Jenkins’ two-year-old son, CJ, eventually answered the phone, their colleagues told ABC7.
“Nobody answered, so eventually the baby answered. We tried calling FaceTime again to see if he answered and he answered,” said Viviana, one of Jenkins’ collaborators.
Viviana was too distraught to show her face, ABC7 reported.
Jenkins employees said they talked to 2-year-old CJ for several hours.
“All we could see was his face, so most of the time the ceiling,” a colleague who asked not to be identified told ABC7.
“He was kind of just walking around and they didn’t hear an adult in the background.”
Nicole Worth, another Jenkins colleague, said the toddler was “very happy and playing with his toys” while she had him on the phone.
“When I had this baby on the phone and after a period of time with no parents calling the baby, you don’t hear it – something is wrong.”
By the time Jenkins’ co-workers reached the apartment far out in Southside Chicago, police had already found her co-worker and her father dead.
“We were a little late,” Worth said. “We saved the baby. That’s all we could do.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6878738/mom-grandfather-shot-dead-home-answers-call-co-worker/ Horror twist after mum, 27, and grandfather found shot dead at home after 2-year-old took call from concerned co-worker