Skokie teen held in North Side slaying

Feb 19, 2008 | Posted by: Chicago Tribune | Full story: Chicago Tribune

“Both victims got on the ground, while the defendant got on the phone”

An 18-year-old Skokie man was held without bail Monday on charges that he killed one man and shot a fleeing woman in what prosecutors said was a drug deal gone bad.

Cook County prosecutors told a judge that Christopher Tran shot and killed Thomas Andrewski, 47, in his apartment in the 1700 block of North Maplewood Avenue Thursday is also alleged to have shot a 42-year-old woman who was in the apartment.

Tran entered the North Side apartment at around 5:30 p.m. to negotiate the purchase of narcotics from Andrewski, said Assistant State's Atty Patrick Keane. During the transaction, Tran brandished a revolver and fired a shot into the air, Keane said. Read more

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#22
Mar 21, 2008
 
Well, what's done is done. For those that don't know Chris personally shouldn't have the right to judge him. Yeah, people make mistakes. He's learning his lesson. There's no point of talking shit about him because that's not going to change anything that happened. Things happen for a reason and that's just the way it is.
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Mar 21, 2008
 
friend wrote:
Well, what's done is done. For those that don't know Chris personally shouldn't have the right to judge him. Yeah, people make mistakes. He's learning his lesson. There's no point of talking shit about him because that's not going to change anything that happened. Things happen for a reason and that's just the way it is.
I got some news for you. Twelve people he DOESN"T know ARE gonna judge him. And very likely put him away for a long, long time. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.
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#24
Mar 22, 2008
 
Who says he can't do it? He's doing it right now isn't he?
kellye and robin

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#26
Apr 8, 2008
 
for all of you who are sitting here judging him. that boy was like a brother to us. sure he messed up but it could honestly happen to anyone. you werent there, thus you couldnt understand the situation. you should throw stones when you too live in a glass house
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Apr 8, 2008
 
shouldnt
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#28
Apr 8, 2008
 
It seems like every murderer is not a bad person according to his friends. This Chris seems like a real loser. I lived in Skokie years ago and want to know when it become a breeding ground for this kind of punk.
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#29
Apr 9, 2008
 
Just found out today at a funeral that Thomas Andrewski was murdered. He was my cousin, we were both born in Humbolt Park the same year. I haven't seen him since 83' but I always heard he had drug problems. Not sure if he used drugs or just sold them. I know he spent alot time in prison. I heard his sister Karen committed suicide not that long ago. When Tommy was a kid we had tons of fun but I guess he chose another road when he grew up. Sad news indeed. JML
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#30
Apr 13, 2008
 
Listen here Tom, you don't know Chris. So what if you grew up in Skokie?! Don't make it seem like Skokie's the greatest place to live because it isn't. Chris made a mistake and he's paying for it. You wouldn't like it if people we all over you about the mistakes you've made. And don't act like you haven't made any mistakes because I'm pretty sure you're not perfect. Besides, this isn't any of your business anyway. If you really had a life, you'd mind your own business and keep your mouth shut instead of talking about people you don't know who have nothing to do with you.
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Apr 14, 2008
 
friend wrote:
Listen here Tom, you don't know Chris. So what if you grew up in Skokie?! Don't make it seem like Skokie's the greatest place to live because it isn't. Chris made a mistake and he's paying for it. You wouldn't like it if people we all over you about the mistakes you've made. And don't act like you haven't made any mistakes because I'm pretty sure you're not perfect. Besides, this isn't any of your business anyway. If you really had a life, you'd mind your own business and keep your mouth shut instead of talking about people you don't know who have nothing to do with you.
I get fed up with people making excuses for a murderer.
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#32
Apr 15, 2008
 
Well that's your problem. Don't come on here saying things about people you don't know because there always going to be others who defend the people they care about no matter what they do. So get over it.
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Apr 15, 2008
 
friend wrote:
Well that's your problem. Don't come on here saying things about people you don't know because there always going to be others who defend the people they care about no matter what they do. So get over it.
Go ahead and defend this drug dealing murderer. The purpose of this forum is for anyone to come on and express their opinion.
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#34
Apr 16, 2008
 
Yeah, I am gonna defend him because that's what real friends do, no matter what. So what?? Let me say something about one of your friends who have made mistakes. You'd do the exact same thing, you'd defend your friend.
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#35
Apr 16, 2008
 
Hold on, I'm sorry, how old are you?? And you go on websites for fun to "express your opinion" about things that are going on in other peoples lives?? I'm just curious on what why Chris is so important to you that you have to go on saying stuff about him?? Do you go on talking about other people too? Because I know Chris is not the only one dealing with this.
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#36
May 7, 2008
 
chris was a g ass kid he jus didnt give a shit about wut people thought
Freedom of Speech

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#37
May 7, 2008
 
Chris will be getting it in the as s and we'll see if he cares what people think now
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Jun 12, 2008
 
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Hahaha, I know his whole family. I know his sister who's a sophomore like myself. Folks were tough my backside, he was free to roam. This wasn't a surprise, he's been a troublemaker for a while now. If he caused as much trouble as he did with my parents he would have been sent to a Military school or a Boot Camp for some Drill Sargeants to show that wannabe gangster what real toughness is. Not talking ebonics or acting ghetto, but being proper and disciplined. He would have been crying like a little girl in a boot camp and maybe he wouldn't be killing people over weed if he had been actually dealt with.
really think about what you say before you say it because its pretty incosiderate how youre acting. Im looking at both sides &i understand where you`re coming from and how bad it looks. it is bad. but dont be disrespectful and talk about his parents because they are nice people and actually they did do what they had to do. if you actually knew their family and knew what they did basically the past 3 years, you wouldnt be saying that shit. and you would know that chris was a good kid and had a good heart. he does just get himself into tough situations and makes bad decisions.
prayers for the andrewski family, and tran family.
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#40
Jun 14, 2008
 
yea nice comment ashley. I knew his family as well and over the 2 years became really close with him and his fam. Like everyone said he is a really nice kid. And he does make bad decisions but that doesnt matter because thats not who he really is and pray to God he survives.
Much love Chris.
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#41
Jun 15, 2008
 
Chris' story shocked me because I had to find out through Chicago Trib's website. First of all, I mean no offense but to kellye and robin: no, it could NOT have "honestly happened to anyone." He did choose to walk into that situation, even after his family (immediate and extended) tried to help him. I hope he's changed when he gets out because I love him as my cousin and I miss him. He was sometimes a mean and bossy kid, but he was good too - loyal to his family and friends. Sure, he committed a felony, mortal sin, etc. But so did millions of other people who were good at heart. It's not like he wished to kill Andrewski.
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#42
Jun 15, 2008
 
I've known Chris since 3rd grade. He's my best friend. Yeah, I agree, he's made some mistakes and he's paying for it. He knows that too. Sometimes you have to go lose it all to realize what you had. His parents are good people. Chris is an adult and he made the choice to live his life the way he does. His parents have nothing to do with that. So, to talk about his parents is wrong. For those of us that know Chris, know that he isn't a bad person. He has a good heart. But for those of you that don't know him personally, why sit there and talk about what a bad person you think he is? What do you get out of it? Nothing.
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#43
Mar 30, 2009
 
Regardless of what happened, it happened in the past. He shouldn't be judged, none of us were there. so, basicall, everyone should just shut up.

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