Cal City night of drinking ends in murder

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A disagreement during a night of drinking ended when a 17-year-old Calumet City resident took a baseball bat and beat a 22-year-old man to death, authorities said.
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Tracey Swann

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Nov 6, 2006
 

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Although this is a terrible tragedy for both sides,I am the daughter of the foster mother that has raised Demarcus Clay,the accused.Iwould never uphold anyone for doing something so heinous,however i will say this kid never really had a chance.He was born from a crackhead mother,sent to several foster homes wher he and all 5 sblings were sexually and mentally abused.My mom did all she could in the last 5 years to get these kids on the right track.Demarcus Clay decided he wanted to be growm,hang out all night drinking,smoking,drugging,stea ling,robbing.He was warned and my message to young people is to listen to your parents,gaurdians or whomever is trying to raise you,because trust me you don't want to be grown.I'm pretty sure Demarcus would rewind the tape of his young life if he could but it's a little to late.My family would like to apologize to the family of the young man he killed,we offer our deepest condolences.Our prayers are with you and just for the record Demarcus was not a bad person,he was just a misguided young man that will unfortunatley learn things the hard way.
Ebony Nelson

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Nov 7, 2006
 

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ALTHOUGH I KNOW IT WAS WRONG TO KILL SOMEONES ELSES SON, I DONT KOW AGREE WITH YOU ALL THAT MY GUESS SHOULD GET THE DEATH PENALTY.This boy been through alot, he has been sexually abused, and abused mentally.His mother didnt give a care about him she was a crackhead,they came from other frosterhomes.My grandmother Rosie did the best she can to help these kids get on the right path in life, because of all the stuff they have been through.I love my cousin alot i always use to give him money if he needed and asked.But Mr Clay wanted to be grown, woulded obey his curfew. He was a very funny person always loved to crack jokes and make us all laugh.He was very respectful to my grandmother. He did anything my grandmother told him.I love my cousin and i dont want to see him die at a young age.My family really is sorry for what has happended, but i think everybody deserves a second chance. He also has brothers and sisters who love him dearly and will like to see him again. These kids have been through alot all they have is my grandmother. There mother and family dont give a care about them kids. My grandmother went to court for Demarcus the other day and none of his family didnt show up but my grandmother. Thank you for your time of day!!!!!
MARK SPICER

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May 27, 2007
 
I do appreciate everyone's Condolences. I am pretty sure my family appreciates them. My family is built upon our faith. Our faith in God and our faith in our lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My mom always told me to forgive those that hurt us, why because it is in the bible and because thats what Jesus would do. Although I can not say I forgive dude for what he did to my cousin and the hurt that ws brought on my family, I do appreciate the condolences that Tracey Swann express. I don't believe in the death penalty, but I believe this dude should be locked up until I get to see my cousin again. I have talked to his grandma, this dude as been given many chances. Logically, when you continue to strike a person in the head with a bat, it becomes fatal. Which means, if there was a case for self-defense, it would have been discharged because of multiple strikes to the head with a bat. "I had to kill him, I just beat him until I seen his brains" is what Demarcus told one of his friends whom told another friend who happen to know my other cousin, hours after the incident. Thats not self defense thats murder. Murder to a boyfriend, father, son, brother, cousin, friend. Murder to a young man who worked for his family, for his daughter. Murder to a guy that was starting to turn his life around. Murder to a friend of Demarcus, my cousin let him spend the night at his apartment. He brought Demarcus in his home and let him rest his head and this is how he was repaid? Since when an act of kindness offend someone that they would steal in your house and take your life. He was young, Life was just beginning for this 23 year old man, but taken by a 17 year old boy. Forgive me Ebony Nelson, but my cousin Marcus has a daughter and three sisters, plus a bunch of cousins and friends that loved him dearly and would like to see him again. A family (mom and dad, grandma's) that would love to just hug him again, but that won't happen. Marcus wasn't given a second chance. Demarcus didn't just hit him once or twice with a baseball bat, just to dazzle him a bit, he killed him. Beat him multiple times, trust me I know, I happen to be in the front row at the funeral.
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May 29, 2007
 
What's a 17 year old doing drinking?I belive the drinking age in cal city is 21 just like the rest of the state.Police should find out where he got the alcohol and add them to the murder charge too.
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Aug 7, 2007
 
I Don't Believe that he should be put to death thatís the last thing that should happened everyone need s to second change in life you don't know what was going on you just know what they told you unless you was there then you should have nothing to say about killing yes he did wrong I understand but lets be real killing him is not going to bring him back nor is it going to make u feel better cause lets be real all you want is him back in your life so you think by kill Mr. Clay that will bring him back well it wont weather he gets put to death or jail for life the one the that passed will never come back as fare as you know Mr. Clay killed him but to him he tried to keep the other person from killing him so unless you had a cam in the room showing what happened all you have I his word and if he was means that to tell them yes I did it then doesn't that tell you he's not trying to lie cause if he was we would say no but since he was defending him self he just believes that you all will it that way to why lie about killing someone see he didn't she took the blamed and said that yeah I did it but I didn't mean to it was more of her hit me I hit him I hit harder then him so since someone hit you should hit back that makes no since to me it's not like he runs around calumet city killing and trying to put peoples lives at harm like I said I believe he should have a second change at life weather you believe it or not cause to me he is the nice person in the world heís funny and do you think he asked to be put in them home let be real if you was put in home to home and all you know is negative thing whatís going to happened yeah people try and help you but you see it as if my own mother doesn't love me them who will when was the lets time his mother came to see him if someone makes you feel as if you worth nothing when you grow up them thatís what you know you have to want change and well I think he does you just see him as the young boy that kill my family I see him as the young boy that was miss guided and know that he is where he is he has no choice but to see the ones that love and know that someone cares and let him see it and lets just see what he does with it lets be real if it was you wouldn't you want a second change think about it...No real think about it
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Oct 29, 2007
 
god bless everyone
tell the truth

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Feb 6, 2008
 
MARK SPICER wrote:
I do appreciate everyone's Condolences. I am pretty sure my family appreciates them. My family is built upon our faith. Our faith in God and our faith in our lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My mom always told me to forgive those that hurt us, why because it is in the bible and because thats what Jesus would do. Although I can not say I forgive dude for what he did to my cousin and the hurt that ws brought on my family, I do appreciate the condolences that Tracey Swann express. I don't believe in the death penalty, but I believe this dude should be locked up until I get to see my cousin again. I have talked to his grandma, this dude as been given many chances. Logically, when you continue to strike a person in the head with a bat, it becomes fatal. Which means, if there was a case for self-defense, it would have been discharged because of multiple strikes to the head with a bat. "I had to kill him, I just beat him until I seen his brains" is what Demarcus told one of his friends whom told another friend who happen to know my other cousin, hours after the incident. Thats not self defense thats murder. Murder to a boyfriend, father, son, brother, cousin, friend. Murder to a young man who worked for his family, for his daughter. Murder to a guy that was starting to turn his life around. Murder to a friend of Demarcus, my cousin let him spend the night at his apartment. He brought Demarcus in his home and let him rest his head and this is how he was repaid? Since when an act of kindness offend someone that they would steal in your house and take your life. He was young, Life was just beginning for this 23 year old man, but taken by a 17 year old boy. Forgive me Ebony Nelson, but my cousin Marcus has a daughter and three sisters, plus a bunch of cousins and friends that loved him dearly and would like to see him again. A family (mom and dad, grandma's) that would love to just hug him again, but that won't happen. Marcus wasn't given a second chance. Demarcus didn't just hit him once or twice with a baseball bat, just to dazzle him a bit, he killed him. Beat him multiple times, trust me I know, I happen to be in the front row at the funeral.
PLEASE TELL THE TRUTH I AM A FRIEND OF BOTH YOUR COUSIN DID NOT DESERVE TO DYE BUT HE WAS NOT TURNING HIS LIFE AROUND IF YOU ALL ARE A RELIGIOUS FAMILY YOU KNOW YOU LIVE BY THE SWORD THAT IS HOW YOU WILL DIE. GOD CAN ONLY JUDGE MARCUS. BUT YOUR COUSIN WAS FILE AND HE PAID WITH HIS LIFE GOD ONLY CALLS YOU WHEN IT IS YOUR TIME TO AND HE HAS BEEN GIVEN MANY CHANCES AND WARNING AND HE DID NOT LISTEN SO HIS TIME WAS UP GOD ONLY WARNS YOU SO MANY TIMES AS HE HAS WARNED MARCUS AND KNOW HIS LIFE IS RUIN.
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Feb 6, 2008
 
I DO NOT MEAN ANY DISRESPECT TO THE FAMILY BUT I KNOW BOTH OF THOSE YOUNG MEN AND THEY BOTH WERE LEADING DOWN THE WRONG PATH AND YOUR COUSIN HAD NOT CHANGE HIS LIFE.
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May 1, 2008
 
i would like to know how the case is going and how they are looking at the case is it self defense case or what i cant come to his court date cause i have school and work but i do care about what is going on here so if anyone knows lets keep it real whats going on with his case and from what i know of it was self defense but hay if someone knows somethig different tell it so i could know whats going on..... all i know is what he tells me and that is self defense i wasnt there so i dont know nothing but what he tells me... and i so so so sorry about your loss
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May 27, 2008
 
He is 17 and should be tried as an adult. He took a life and that can't be brought back. I don't understand how he was drinking when he's only 17. Whoever let him drink should go to jail also. I don't feel sorry for him. He did what he did. At 17, you are old enough to know better and he choose to do this. Make better choices and stop blaming everyone else for what you do. Be responsible for your actions!
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Jun 7, 2008
 
No one said that he was trying to blame anyone the thing is things got out of hand yeah it shouldnt have went there but the thing is it did he has been in jail for a long time and iam sure he has leanred something from that and if he could he would go back and change it you or no one is GOD so you cant say that he needs to be put away forever but yeah some time to think about what he did and understand that no one should lose there life. putting him away is going to do what sure n the hell aint going to bring him back everyone needs a second chance at life and the things they do no one should have one chance and thats it iam not saying that you should just let him walk away but the time he has spent in there should be counted for something. me and his family love him and want to see him come home as well as you all loved the young man that passed. it was wrong yeah but you shouldnt give up on him by putting him in a cell and calling it a day. just think if it happend to you you wouldnt want someone to keep you in jail for the rest of your life. if you was to go see him you would understand that he leanred from what he did and he understands it should have never happend.
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Nov 17, 2008
 
Rest in Peace Marcus.
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Hammond, IN

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Nov 21, 2008
 
Demarcus and I was cool i got to now him in 2004 and i still find it hard to belive that this has happend sometimes i would cry becuase his life is gone and because by the time he gets out me and him will be in our 30's and i dont know where is head will be and if we could even go back to how we was...He was the first young man i loved and still do until this day....I would love to write him but i wouldnt now what to say i came to some of his court dates just to see him and still couldnt belive what his case was.To the family i am so sorry about what happend and i am sure he is to
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Feb 8, 2009
 
MARK SPICER YOU ARE IN DENIAL YOUR COUSIN WAS NOT TURNING HIS LIFE AROUND. DEMARCUS WAS ONLY FIFTEEN AT THE TIME YOUR COUSIN WAS 22 WHAT WAS HE DOING WITH A CHILD. I TELL YOU HE HAD DEMARCUS SELLING DRUGS AND HE KEPT BEATING DEMARCUS ABOUT SOME MONEY. SO FOR EVERY ACTION IS A REACTION. NO YOUR COUSIN DID NOT DESERVE TO DIE LIKE THAT BUT IF A PERSON IS SCARED AND TIRED SOMETIMES THEY WILL RESULT TO THINGS THEY WOULD NOT NORMALLY DO. THERE IS ALWAYS 2 SIDES TO A STORY AND ONE OF THEM IS DECEASED BUT I CAN TELL YOU IF YOUR COUSIN HAD CHILDREN, FAMILY COUSINS AND FRIENDS HE SHOULD HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT THE LIFE HE WAS LIVING WHICH LET ME SAY AGAIN HE WAS IN KNOW WAY SHAPE OR FORM CHANGING. SORRY MAN BUT IF YOUR FAMILY IS BUILT ON FAITH THAN FACE THE TRUTH. DEMARCUS A HARD HEAD CHILD DID NOT EVER LISTEN TO HIS GRANDMA AND KNOW HE WANTS TO CRY BOO HOO BUT IF HE WOULD HAVE LISTEN AND FOLLOWED RULES LIKE A FIFTEEN YEAR OLD SHOULD HIS LIFE WOULD NOT BE IN THE TOLIET. HE DESERVE WHAT HE GOT AND HE WAS TRIED AS AN ADULT AS I SAY YOU LIVE BY THE SWORD THAT IS HOW YOU WILL DIE MR.SPICER READ REVOLATIONS THESE DAYS ARE SPOKEN. PEOPLE ARE IN DENIAL ABOUT THEIR CHILDREN. GOD BLESS HIS CHILDREN.
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Feb 8, 2009
 
The case is over you can see demarcus clay on illinois department of corrections he will serve 20yrs and can get out before that on good behavior. Look at him he looks like a scared child he is not a killer it is either fight of flight and he was being beaten quite often by this person but two wrongs dont make a right everyone loses
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Feb 27, 2009
 
from what i know hell be getting out in 2013 which is not that long but long enough
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Mar 10, 2009
 
wat!!!!!!!!
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Oct 12, 2009
 
Demarcus Clay was giving a second chance in life. He took a life and will be giving a second chance of life. My nephew Marcus does not have a second chance at life. His daughter does not have a father. Demarcus Clay can continue to live & enjoy life, maybe get married and have children. Demarcus Clay took Marcus away from us. We were very close as a family. We had a lot of family gatherings where he is truly missed. We have to celebrate his daughter birthday without him. Marcus love his daughter very much. We missed Marcus very much & we have to live without him. Demarcus didn't have to beat him until his brain matter was out. Marcus was beating to death.
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Nov 21, 2009
 
Once again im sorry for wht happend and is wishing we all can look at wht happend and try and teach the up and coming kids of today that that was not the life to live from both of them it starts at home from the house to the people around your child and the things they see and do...if you all wanna make a chnage start with your self and your family and im sure this wont have this happend again!!! not saying wht he did was right but most people do wht they kno and wht they kno is wht they see everyday and wht they are told so if not for you do it for your children...Change is good
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Jan 29, 2010
 
I LUV U, ALWAYS BE N MY HEART.(LIL SIS)

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