CHICAGO, IL – A man has been charged with first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of a woman who had an order of protection against him in front of her children on the West Side. Kenneth Brown, 44, was arrested on Friday in connection with the shooting of 34-year-old Maria Roque on December 13.
According to Chicago police, Brown allegedly shot Roque multiple times just before 6:30 a.m. in the South Austin neighborhood’s 500 block of North Long Avenue. The shooting took place in front of Roque’s children, as stated in court records, which also showed that Roque had an active order of protection against Brown.
On Sunday, Brown appeared in court and will remain in custody as the investigation continues.
This tragic incident sheds light on the issue of domestic violence and the effectiveness of orders of protection. It raises questions about how to better protect victims of domestic abuse and prevent such senseless acts of violence, especially in front of innocent children.
The arrest and charging of the suspect provide some sense of justice for the victim and her family, but it also serves as a sobering reminder of the ongoing need for effective measures to address and prevent domestic violence.
In summary, Kenneth Brown, 44, has been charged with first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Maria Roque, who had an order of protection against him, in the presence of her children on the West Side of Chicago. The tragic incident highlights the ongoing issue of domestic violence and the challenges in protecting victims and preventing such acts of violence.