SOUTH SIDE Deacon at Trinity United Church of Christ found shot multiple times in his home on Sunday
December 26, 2007
SUN-TIMES STAFF REPORTS
Chicago Police were searching for answers Tuesday about who shot and killed a beloved choir director and teacher in his South Side home.
Meanwhile, funeral arrangements were set for Donald Young, who for two decades directed the choir at Trinity United Church of Christ, a high-profile African-American church.
Donald Young, Choir Director of Trinity United Church, was found murdered.
U.S. Sen. Barack Obama attends the church, at 400 W. 95th St. in the Brainerd community.
Young, 47, also a deacon at Trinity, was found — shot in the head — by his roommate Sunday morning, Chicago Police said.
He suffered several gunshot wounds, according to authorities.
When Young’s roommate came home about 7:30 a.m., he found the door to the apartment in the 2300 block of East 69th unlocked but closed, police said.
Christmas presents and some jewelry were missing from the apartment, but police have not yet settled on robbery as the motive.
The roommate is cooperating with investigators.
The popular Young also taught fourth grade at the Guggenheim Elementary School, 7141 S. Morgan.
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., longtime pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, said Young “lived and breathed music.”
A viewing of Young’s body will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church.
A private wake and funeral is scheduled following the viewing.
Contributing: STNG wire
TBGB: Our prayers and condolences go out to Donald Young’s family, friends, and the congregation of Trinity United Church of Christ, a beloved institution that has played a very important role in Chicago gospel music.