P.O. Gregory I. Young #16148

Name: Young, Gregory I.
Star: 161148
Memorial Panel #: 23
Rank: Police Officer
District / Unit: 015 District
End of Watch: 18 September 1997
Incident Details: Officer Gregory Young, 41, was a 10-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 015 District. On September 18, 1997, Officer Young and a companion were sitting in his parked car at Garfield Park in the 3500 block of West Lake Street. Two armed offenders, Chris Davis and Tony Robertson, approached the officer’s vehicle and announced a robbery. Officer Young pushed his wallet and belongings through the SUV’s window, while simultaneously reaching for his gun and identifying himself as a police officer. As Officer Young exited the vehicle, he was shot. The officer returned fire and shot Chris Davis. A pair of police officers patrolling nearby heard the gunfire and raced to the scene; they found Officer Young and Davis wounded and on the ground. Officer Young was transported to Cook County Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Chris Davis and Tony Robertson were arrested and convicted of Officer Young’s murder. Davis was sentenced to death which was later commuted to life in prison by then-Governor George Ryan. Robertson was sentenced to serve 40 years in prison. Officer Young’s funeral mass held at Rising Sun Baptist Church and he was laid to rest in Forest Home Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Gladis; daughter, Rashida; son, Gregory; parents, David and Marguerite; four sisters; and seven brothers.