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Man accused of killing estranged couple in city center


CHICAGO (SCS) — A 33-year-old man from Berwyn has been charged with murder in the death of a estranged couple found in apartment in Uptown seniors’ residence Sunday night.

Police say Ocie Banks Jr. has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Ocie Banks Sr., 79, and Sheila Banks, 61, who were both found in a apartment in the 1000 block of West Montrose Avenue around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, when officers responded to a call for a wellness check.

Autopsies determined that Ocie Banks Sr. died of multiple gunshot wounds and Sheila Banks died of a gunshot wound to the head.

Ocie Banks Jr. is scheduled to appear in bond court on Thursday afternoon. A police department spokesperson could not immediately confirm whether he is related to the victims.

Neighbors said Sheila and Ocie Banks were separated. Sheila lived in the Uptown flat, while Ocie lived in Berwyn

According to neighbors, Sheila Banks had people for a rally Friday night.

Gretta Carter, who has lived in the building for 12 years, said Monday morning that most neighbors hadn’t slept worried since learning of the Banks’ death.

“They heard a loud noise in the hallway and then they saw blood. So not absolutely sure if someone outside did this, or what, and that’s what we’re waiting to find out. meanwhile, we’re all terrified,” she said.


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Carter described Sheila Banks as a “very nice woman”.

“Not a person who raises their voice. Don’t swear,” she said.

Fellow neighbor Larry Burns said Sheila Banks “really was a lovely person; a lovely neighbor to have”.

“I’m so sorry for what his family is going through,” he said.

Relatives said she worked at Chase Bank and was looking forward to her next retirement.

In a statement, property management company Holsten Management said the door to the apartment was locked when police arrived and there were no signs of a break-in.


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