03/30/2013 10:59 am ET Updated Mar 31, 2013

William D. Strickland Charged: Grandson Accused Of Killing Grandpa Headed To Dialysis

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Bail was denied Saturday for a Chicago man charged with gunning down and robbing his own grandfather as the 72-year-old waited for a ride to dialysis treatment earlier this month.

William D. Strickland, 19, was charged Friday with the March 2 robbery and killing of his grandfather, also named William Strickland, ABC Chicago reports. Police say another man acted with the younger Strickland though no charges have been filed yet.

According to court documents, the younger Strickland admitted to being a member of the Black P. Stones street gang and as well as stealing the gun used in the shooting which happened in the 400-block of East 95th Street on the city's Far South Side, the Tribune reports.

Strickland, who robbed his grandfather of pills, cash and other belongings later used the stolen money to buy tattoos, gym shoes and other items, Assistant State's Attorney Amanda Pillsbury said according to the Tribune. Court papers say the 19-year-old has the words "Legacy," "Loyalty," and "Respect" inked on his arms.

The elder Strickland was awaiting a Pace bus to take him to his weekly dialysis treatment when two men approached him in the gangway near his home March 2, robbing him and shooting him multiple times.

At the time of the crime, many in Strickland's family were suspicious that their loved one was actually a target.

"The man was going to dialysis," Srickland's brother-in-law Raymond Prichett told ABC. "He goes every Saturday morning. I think whoever did this was watching him."

Strickland's daughter, Lesley, agreed, telling CBS Chicago.

“I do not feel as though it was a robbery. I feel as though it was up close and personal because they knew the exact time he was coming out the house, and he’s been making this dialysis trip for four years, same time.”

The Pace driver who reportedly witnessed the incident and called 911 had an unusual connection to Strickland: while he had picked the victim up for his standing Saturday kidney dialysis appointments for some years, the two previously worked together in the steel mills of the Acme Steel Company in Riverdale.

According to neighbors, Strickland had lived in the neighborhood for more than 30 years and called their slain neighbor "friendly and willing to lend a helping hand."

William D. Strickland faces one count of first degree murder and one count of armed robbery with a firearm, the Tribune reports. He's scheduled to appear in bond court Saturday.



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