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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Niko

Lincolnwood, IL

#1 Feb 21, 2008
This is messed up. I went to high school with this kid... I even hung out with him once or twice. Sad he turned out like this...
Nick

Evanston, IL

#2 Feb 22, 2008
this is my step brother. Im dating his sister... this is fucked up
greg

Luverne, MN

#3 Feb 22, 2008
Nick wrote:
this is my step brother. Im dating his sister... this is fucked up
nothing like keeping it in the family
Nick

Evanston, IL

#4 Feb 22, 2008
this is crazy... never expected these deep of shit to happen to him.. we were close.
resident

Chicago, IL

#5 Feb 22, 2008
Nick wrote:
this is crazy... never expected these deep of shit to happen to him.. we were close.
Nothing happened to him; HE went there with a gun. HE made something terrible happen to these other two people. Boy, they sure don't make Skokie kids like they used to.
dylan

Chicago, IL

#6 Feb 22, 2008
I was very close to chris and knew that he wasnt a bad person, but the desicsions he made and the people he hung with ultimatly led him into a downward sprial. This situation is horrific, and even though I personal tried to guide this youth into the right direction, he knew what was right from wrong and that is why it is such a damn shock to me.
Niko

Lincolnwood, IL

#7 Feb 26, 2008
How are you his step brother and your dating his sis... lol keeping it in the family is right
Former Teacher

Chicago, IL

#8 Feb 29, 2008
Chris had the opportunity to make good decisions for himself but never would accept any responsibility. The fact that Chris has been arrested for a felony does not surprise me. However, I never would have thought it would be murder.
Wasted Youth

United States

#9 Feb 29, 2008
Losers all around. The drug dealer has a customer that wants to kill him. The neighborhood still hasn't gentrified, but its getting there.
GMONEY

Skokie, IL

#10 Mar 1, 2008
Man thats sad...cuz im the one who taught him how to smoke a ciggerette.....i think sometimes i could even become a murdere........run run for ur life .....GMONEy
harlem

Munster, IN

#11 Mar 2, 2008
a robbery can turn into a homo case...co-operate or tran will have to operate......and dats wut he did.
ive chilled wit dis kid a lot back in da day and i could say dis bout a lot of people but he's a really smart kid and he coulda went the right direction but made the wrong turn.
friend

Niles, IL

#12 Mar 5, 2008
He's not a bad person. He has a good heart, he just made a mistake like everybody else does. This mistake just happened to land him in jail. He shouldn't have gone there with a gun. But he did. And the fact that he was being lunged at and there was a gun in the situation makes it life or death. It would have been Chris or the other guy. I still talk to him everyday. He calls me from jail everyday and I know exactly what happened. He was a good kid with a good heart. It was a accident.
Watchdog

AOL

#13 Mar 5, 2008
I'm sure it was Todd Stroger who did it.
After all, he's evil incarnate.

Since: Feb 08

Evanston, IL

#14 Mar 7, 2008
friend wrote:
He's not a bad person. He has a good heart, he just made a mistake like everybody else does. This mistake just happened to land him in jail. He shouldn't have gone there with a gun. But he did. And the fact that he was being lunged at and there was a gun in the situation makes it life or death. It would have been Chris or the other guy. I still talk to him everyday. He calls me from jail everyday and I know exactly what happened. He was a good kid with a good heart. It was a accident.
Well maybe you can supply him with protection money just in case he drops the soap.

Skokie has really gotten ghetto over the past ten years.
friend

Niles, IL

#15 Mar 7, 2008
Yeah, maybe I can.
cousin

United States

#16 Mar 18, 2008
this is sad....
ive known chris since he was 4..
his sister is my cuz
even though i knew he made some bad decisions,
he was a really good kid
but murder...
nvr in a million yrs
vu_cousin

Chicago, IL

#17 Mar 19, 2008
dang Chris...i never imagined u'd get so deep in that stuff.
Okay

Chicago, IL

#18 Mar 21, 2008
Get off his jock. This guy is a murderer, don't make excuses for him. Maybe if he had some tougher parents he wouldn't be such a drugged up loser. This guy's family lives in a damn castle in the suburbs, I feel no pity for him. He brought this on himself.
vu_cousin

Chicago, IL

#20 Mar 21, 2008
Don't act like you know his family. HIs folks were tough, and they tried to do everything to keep him away from trouble, but I guess in the end, he found trouble and he stuck with it.
Okay

Chicago, IL

#21 Mar 21, 2008
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.

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