Criticism, blog post by John Hoff
Andrew Billingsley, who went by "Drew The Chef" Billingsley on Facebook, has officially been identified as the homicide victim killed on the "out of control" Number 19 bus route. JNS blog correctly identified him days ago before all other media. (Here insert usual biting remarks about mainstream media dropping the ball and failing to gather information readily available from social media, in particular Facebook)
Reportedly, Billingsley confronted a group of...
...youth, one of which shot him. Billingsley died in the parking lot of a nearby gas station at the intersection of 26th Ave. N. and Penn Avenue. Some in the community say he stood up in defense of his son who was riding the bus. That is unconfirmed. One major media entity is reporting the bus driver was Billingsley's relative. It may be Billingsley felt he had some "authority" on the bus based on the driver's authority.
Apparently, the 17-year-old who allegedly shot Billingsley wasn't buying that.
Billingsley had a rough patch of criminal behavior from 1998 to 2006 including a stretch in prison. It should be noted there were no criminal charges (except a very minor charge for "amplified sound") from 2006 to 2014, though at least SOME of that time was apparently spent in prison, AT LEAST from 2006 to 2008.
But after release from prison, Billingsley was apparently being a reasonably law-abiding citizen, at least in Minnesota.
A mug shot did turn up in Illinois for some kind of charge on July 1 of this year...
But the link I found, here it is, (click here) doesn't say what the charge was for, whether it was something major or minor.
At this point I don't have any other information about his activities in Chicago, though Billingsely proudly and repeatedly advertised his Chicago affiliation on his Facebook page including the following image.
Though Billinsley may have been in the right when he died, could have been acting nobly for the protection of his son and the calm and order of the Number 19 Bus (a task fit for Hercules) he does unfortunately fit the usual pattern of North Minneapolis murder victims with extensive criminal histories, as follows:
(Links are not live)