A 25-year-old man that police describe as a Chicago gang member has been arrested and charged with killing his girlfriend, her mother and her sister.
Chicago Police said that the alleged gang member went on a rampage after his girlfriend said she would not cook him breakfast.
According to authorities, John Matthews, 25, and his girlfriend, Shonta Harris, had been dating for two years. A few months back, John went berserk after Shonta refused to cook him his morning meal and braid his hair but she said no because she wasn’t feeling well. He then told her to braid his hair but she again declined because she wasn’t feeling well, enraging Matthews, prosecutors said.
Police claim that Shonta’s refusal pushed John over the edge and he started yelling and punched his beautiful girlfriend in the eye. Which prompted his grandmother to intervene, and take Harris outside in an attempt to defuse the situation, according to prosecutors. Matthews followed them outside, continuing to berate Harris, and ignoring his grandmother’s pleas to go back inside.
Harris tried to call her mother to come and get her and her son, but prosecutors said Matthews took away her phone and broke it, so his grandmother let Harris use hers.
Prosecutors said Matthews continued to berate Harris while she waited for her mother to pick her up. When Harris’ mother and sister showed up, Frances Neal saw the bruise on her daughter’s eye and asked Matthews why he’d hit Harris.
Matthews said Harris “didn’t do s*** for him and that he hated her,” and told everyone to get off his property, according to prosecutors. Harris’ baby was still inside, and Matthews refused to let her go inside to take him home.
That’s when Jasmine Neal called 911 to report Matthews had attacked her sister and was refusing to hand over their son.
Prosecutors said Matthews then pulled out a handgun from his waistband, and shot Frances Neal multiple times in the chest, back, arm and leg. He then shot Harris in the chest. Finally, he turned the gun on Jasmine Neal once in the head as she tried to run away.
Matthews’ grandmother called 911, and he ran off through the gangway.
Frances Neal and Jasmine Neal were pronounced dead at the scene. Harris was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she was treated for her wounds. Prosecutors said she had bullet fragments lodged in her chest, fractures to her ribs and spine and was left paralyzed from the waist down.
Prosecutors said Harris and Matthews’ grandmother identified him as the gunman and a warrant was issued for his arrest on June 25th.
Authorities later tracked down Matthews in Iowa, after he was involved in a car crash on August 3rd. Prosecutors said he initially gave police a fake name, but later identified himself, and was taken into custody. He was extradited back to Chicago on Thursday.
Harris later died of complications from her gunshot wound on September 5th, while being treated at a nursing home, according to prosecutors. Judge Charles Beach II ordered him held without bail Friday on three counts of first-degree murder and stated ‘his own flesh and blood has identified him as the shooter.’
Matthews is due back in court on November 30th.