What Life is Worth in the Hood
- A Calumet Heights man shot and killed his longtime friend over the July Fourth weekend because the pal touched his Cadillac, Cook County prosecutors said Tuesday.
John Watley was angry that Anthony Strong and others were touching his car Sunday, so he went back inside his home in the 9200 block of South Harper Avenue, returned with a machete and told everyone to get away from his ride, Assistant State’s Attorney Enrique Abraham said.
Most of the crowd walked away from the parked vehicle but 48-year-old Strong, who had been drinking with Watley and other neighbors earlier, started drumming his fingers up against the Cadillac, Abraham said.
Watley, 58, went back inside his house.
When Watley came back outside, Strong continued drumming on Watley’s car, Abraham said.
“Mother——, you keep messing with me,” Watley yelled before he fired at the friend he had known for over 40 years, Abraham said.
A bullet went straight to Strong’s chest.
As Strong’s wife came to his aid, Watley allegedly said, “Let that mother—— die.”
In the defense of the accused, it was his car after all.