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Bond denied for teen charged in murder of grandfather headed to dialysis

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William Strickland, 19. (Chicago Police) William Strickland, 19. (Chicago Police)
William Strickland, 72. William Strickland, 72.
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Bond was denied Saturday for a Chicago man charged in the shooting death of his grandfather and namesake, 72-year old William Strickland, who was gunned down earlier this month as he left his home in the predawn hours for a kidney dialysis appointment.

The younger, 19-year-old William Strickland was charged late Friday with first-degree murder and armed robbery with a handgun in connection with the shooting death of his grandfather, police said.

He was denied bond when he appeared Saturday in court, according to the Cook County Sheriff's office website. He is next scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

The elder Strickland liked to get to his dialysis appointment early to get it out of the way, neighbors said at the time.

"He went early," said Theolene Shears, 84. "He said he liked it better so he could get it over with."

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Strickland was headed to a Pace paratransit van, and had just made it to the gangway of his home in the 400 block of East 95th Street when two men robbed and shot him several times, police said.

He died several minutes later, just steps from his home, about 4 a.m., authorities said.

Neighbors said Strickland, who sometimes walked with a cane, went to dialysis three times a week.

Strickland was friendly with the driver of the van, who was there when the shooting happened, said Patrick Wilmot, a spokesman for Pace said at the time.

Family and neighbors said Strickland had recently retired after working for nearly 30 years at a steel mill.

"He (was) a good neighbor, a very nice and congenial, quiet man," said Shears, who heard three shots.

She said "he watched out for the neighborhood" and reported any trouble he saw.

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