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Black Doctor Killed by Ex-Fiancé at Chicago Hospital

Tamara O'Neal was one of the many Black women who are victims of intimate partner violence.

Tamara O'Neal

A study conducted by the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) found that intimate partners killed more than half of all female murder victims. Black women were found to die at a partner's hands more often than women of any other race; approximately 4.4 out of every 100,000 Black women are killed by their partners.

Dr. Tamara O'Neal broke off her engagement with Juan Lopez in September. On Monday, he killed her.

Lopez wanted his engagement ring back and got into an argument with O'Neal, a 38-year-old emergency room physician, in the parking lot of Mercy Hospital in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood.

She called 911 for help, but before they could arrive, Lopez pulled out a gun and shot her. He then stood over her and fired again.

"She broke off the engagement; he couldn't get over it," O'Neal's father, Thomas, told The Chicago Tribune.

"This was a total surprise to us. We knew that there was a disconnect there, but nothing to this magnitude. We never expected this."

Lopez had a history of domestic violence. A judge granted his ex-wife a restraining order against him in 2014. Before he was kicked out of the Chicago Fire Department Academy, he had been put on notice for being aggressive with women.

Lopez's abuse of women ultimately resulted in the deaths of two others.

After Lopez killed O'Neal on Monday, he ran into the hospital and exchanged gunfire with police. Dayna Less, a 24-year-old pharmacy resident exiting an elevator, was fatally shot. Rookie Chicago police Officer Samuel Jimenez, who arrived on the scene, was also shot in the gunfire exchange. He later died from his injuries.

Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said Tuesday afternoon that Lopez "died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen, but also sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head," according to WLS-TV.

"The death of shooter Juan Lopez, 32, was ruled a homicide as he was killed by a police bullet."

O'Neal was described by colleagues as "a sweetheart" who "had a heart of gold."

"You would think being a new graduate, she would be kind of shy and timid around [people] with many, many years of experience," Adele Cobbs, assistant director of the emergency department at Mercy Hospital said. "But she wanted us to know who she was immediately."

The Conversation (3)
Tracy Brooks23 Nov, 2018

Unfortunately the law doesn't work for black women.but yes please arm yourselves!

votetocorrect22 Nov, 2018

This is so sad. Women, if your man seems mental get out of the relationship because you can't fix him, again, you can't fix him. Use the law to keep him in check after the relationship is over and arm yourself.

California Rapper Shot to Death By Six Police Officers

Willie McCoy was asleep when police surrounded and startled him at a restaurant drive-through. They fired at him within four seconds. More than 20 bullets hit him.


Falling asleep at a Taco Bell drive-through was deadly for a Black rapper in Vallejo, Calif.

Willie Bo McCoy, 20, was not awake when police approached him. At first, police thought about trying to remove the gun in his lap, but when Willie woke up, and police instructed him to put his hands up he put them down instead.

Six Vallejo officers "fearing for their safety" opened fire in about four seconds. Twenty-five bullets hit him, but more were fired.

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Update: White Powder, A Witness, and Photos Have All Been Uncovered in the Jussie Smollett Attack Investigation

The perpetrators have yet to be identified but police are collecting information about individuals that were in the area at the time of the attack.

The FBI and Chicago PD are investigating the attack of Empire actor Jussie Smollett and have new leads.

Chicago police said an envelope with white powder and a threatening letter with magazine cut outs pasted on paper was received at Cinespace Studios, where Empire is filmed, on January 22.

HAZMAT responded, but the white substance turned out to be aspirin.

Police have released photos of two individuals wanted for questioning.

Video of Smollett walking into a hotel after the attack with a noose around his neck, along with the noose and his sweater have also been acquired to help try to identify more clues to find the attackers.

Smollett said he was on the phone with his manager when the attack happened.

Smollett family's statement said this was a "violent and unprovoked attack," and "a racial and homophobic hate crime."

A witness, who requested anonymity, described a "creepy" white man outside the building with a clothesline hanging from his pants, staring at another man near another entrance about 300 hundred feet away.

She told TMZ, "He looked out of place." He had scruff on his face, wearing a blue winter beanie, a blue zip-up sweatshirt with a hood and blue jeans that were too short. He had "thick, grey hunting socks" with camel-colored dress shoes.

She talked to detectives when she found out there was an attack.