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Debra Jo Evans

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Debra Jo Evans

Birth
Death
16 Nov 1995 (aged 28)
Addison, DuPage County, Illinois, USA
Burial
Glen Ellyn, DuPage County, Illinois, USA GPS-Latitude: 41.8899523, Longitude: -88.0548287
Plot
Grave 5D -- Lot 461 -- Section 5
Memorial ID
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DEBRA AND HER CHILDREN WERE MURDERED IN ADDISON, ILLINOIS ON 11/16/1995. THE MURDERER'S WERE ALL CAUGHT AND GIVEN LIFE SENTENCES.At 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 16, 1995, a Thursday, Laverne Ward, 24, rang up his old girlfriend Deborah Evans, 28. Evans, a mother with three children and another on the way, had moved away from Hanover Park, a bad area in Chicago suburb frequented by Ward, to try to rebuild her life in middle-class Addison. A few hours later, Ward, along with his cousin, Jacqueline Williams, 28, and her boyfriend, Fedell Caffey, 22, turned up at Evans' apartment . According to relatives, Ward was high on crack. Evans let them in, and a brief argument ensued.


Caffey shot Evans in the head with a small-caliber handgun and stabbed her repeatedly with a knife. Next, Ward and Caffey went into the bedroom of Evans' daughter Samantha, and stabbed the 10-year-old to death. The wounds on Samantha's forearms suggest that she died trying to defend herself.

The three then got down to their purported business: taking Evans' unborn baby boy, whom she'd planned to name Elijah. Police say that Caffey and Williams were going to claim the child as their own. (Williams' tubes, one of Ward's friends explained, had been tied after having given birth to three children.) Others say that Ward wanted the boy for himself, and boasted shortly after the murder that he had just had a baby boy.

Caffey allegedly using scissors and a knife to perform a C-section on Evans. Then Williams, who has some training as a nurse's aide, extracted the 38-week-old, 6-lb. 8-oz. baby. After reviving Elijah with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, Williams inexpertly cut the umbilical cord, then cleaned and dressed him.

Leaving behind Evans' 19-month-old son Jordan, who police believe is Ward's biological son, the threesome fled with the newborn and his brother Joshua, 8.

Police later learned that Joshua reached out for help, telling an adult about the murders and charging that Ward had been involved. His captors then allegedly poisoning and strangling Joshua before stabbing him to death. Police found his body in an alley in the suburb of Maywood.


Around 2 a.m. on the night of the murders, Evans' live-in boyfriend, James Edwards, returned home from his factory job to be greeted at the front door by a crying, blood-splattered but unharmed Jordan.

Inside, he found Evans' body beneath a blanket and Samantha in a rear bedroom.

survivors include, Deborah's Father Sam Evans, & her Two sons Jordan, and the baby who was removed from her his name is Eli. they currently live with their Grandfather Sam.
DEBRA AND HER CHILDREN WERE MURDERED IN ADDISON, ILLINOIS ON 11/16/1995. THE MURDERER'S WERE ALL CAUGHT AND GIVEN LIFE SENTENCES.At 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 16, 1995, a Thursday, Laverne Ward, 24, rang up his old girlfriend Deborah Evans, 28. Evans, a mother with three children and another on the way, had moved away from Hanover Park, a bad area in Chicago suburb frequented by Ward, to try to rebuild her life in middle-class Addison. A few hours later, Ward, along with his cousin, Jacqueline Williams, 28, and her boyfriend, Fedell Caffey, 22, turned up at Evans' apartment . According to relatives, Ward was high on crack. Evans let them in, and a brief argument ensued.


Caffey shot Evans in the head with a small-caliber handgun and stabbed her repeatedly with a knife. Next, Ward and Caffey went into the bedroom of Evans' daughter Samantha, and stabbed the 10-year-old to death. The wounds on Samantha's forearms suggest that she died trying to defend herself.

The three then got down to their purported business: taking Evans' unborn baby boy, whom she'd planned to name Elijah. Police say that Caffey and Williams were going to claim the child as their own. (Williams' tubes, one of Ward's friends explained, had been tied after having given birth to three children.) Others say that Ward wanted the boy for himself, and boasted shortly after the murder that he had just had a baby boy.

Caffey allegedly using scissors and a knife to perform a C-section on Evans. Then Williams, who has some training as a nurse's aide, extracted the 38-week-old, 6-lb. 8-oz. baby. After reviving Elijah with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, Williams inexpertly cut the umbilical cord, then cleaned and dressed him.

Leaving behind Evans' 19-month-old son Jordan, who police believe is Ward's biological son, the threesome fled with the newborn and his brother Joshua, 8.

Police later learned that Joshua reached out for help, telling an adult about the murders and charging that Ward had been involved. His captors then allegedly poisoning and strangling Joshua before stabbing him to death. Police found his body in an alley in the suburb of Maywood.


Around 2 a.m. on the night of the murders, Evans' live-in boyfriend, James Edwards, returned home from his factory job to be greeted at the front door by a crying, blood-splattered but unharmed Jordan.

Inside, he found Evans' body beneath a blanket and Samantha in a rear bedroom.

survivors include, Deborah's Father Sam Evans, & her Two sons Jordan, and the baby who was removed from her his name is Eli. they currently live with their Grandfather Sam.

Inscription

"In Loving Memory"
"Safe in the arms of Jesus"

Gravesite Details

Buried November 17, 1995



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