JOLIET – Markus C. Tanzy was supposed to start a new job Wednesday.
Chantel Hare said she was supposed to drive her 25-year-old boyfriend to his orientation meeting at a food manufacturing warehouse. Instead, Hare spent the day trying to make funeral arrangements.
Tanzy was slain Tuesday night while reportedly smoking a cigarette on a porch in the 100 block of South Joliet Street. Lt. Brian Dupuis said police officers heard gunfire at 9:30 p.m. and arrived to find Tanzy had been shot in the chest.
Tanzy was taken to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 9:51 p.m., according to the Will County Coroner’s office. Police did not release any information Wednesday about a possible suspect.
“Nobody wants to talk about it. Nobody wants to tell [police] anything,” Hare said.
At the time of his death, Tanzy was on parole for a 2011 burglary conviction and was scheduled to appear in court next month on vandalism and trespassing charges stemming from a 2013 case. Police databases indicate Tanzy is associated with a local street gang.
Hare said her boyfriend was not a gang member, but a homebody who enjoyed spending time with their 4-month-old daughter, Miaja.
Hare said she and Tanzy were exchanging messages on Facebook about his job just before he was gunned down. She believes whoever shot Tanzy may have been targeting other people in the house.
“The violence ... it needs to stop. My baby’s not going to have a father,” Hare said Wednesday.
Anyone with information about the death of Markus C. Tanzy is asked to call detectives at 815-724-3020 or anonymously call CrimeStoppers at 800-323-6734.
Anyone wishing to donate toward funeral costs for Markus C. Tanzy can contact Chantel Hare at firstname.lastname@example.org