Chicago Choir Director’s Death a Mystery


From the Chicago Sun-Times:

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.

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.

9 comments

  1. My prayers go out to the Young family.
    It’s sad to hear that a Saint’s life was lost to crime. This story reminds me that we really don’t know the day or the hour, when our final day will come.

    It’s a true saying that whatever’s done in the dark will come to light, knowing that is the reassurance that the mystery of Mr.Young’s death will be solved.

    God Bless,
    http://www.kewanda.blogspot.com

  2. Im sorry since when can a person be an open homosexual and yet be a saint?

    Is that designation given to all sexual sinners?

  3. C’mon gcmwatch, stop hating. A person’s life was lost, and that’s all you can come up with to say…as a Christian? You should be ashamed of yourself. Honestly.

  4. I have to agree with GCM…since when do those that practice sin enter the Kingdom of Christ? Or have ANY of you people actually read the New Testament and Christ’s warnings of continuing in Sin!!!

    I am very sorry that a young man was murdered and I pray that he repented before death to Christ…but DO not think for a moment that those that willfully practice sin, will be considered a SAINT!!

    People…please study the Bible and show yourself approved!!

  5. I knew Donald, personally. He was a marvelous person… no more or less a saint or sinner than the rest of us. He was a beloved child of God.

  6. PLEASE DO ME A FAVOR…. EVERYBODY THAT’S LEAVING COMMENTS IF THEY ARE NOT POSITIVE OR DONT MAKE SENSE PLEASE KEEP THEM TO YOURSELF…(ALWAYS REMEMBER WHAT U SAY OR THINK DON’T MATTER EVERYTHING IS IN GOD HANDS)WHO IS U TO SAY SINCE HE WAS GAY HE CAN’T BE A SAINT COME ON NOW…(U KNOW WHO IM TALKIN 2 GCM AND ANONYMOUS)AND IF YOU GUYS ARE CHRISTIAN U SHOULD B ASHAME 2 EVEN LET SUCH THINGS COME OUT OF YOUR CHRISTIAN MOUTHS…BUT MAY GOD B WITH YOU…

  7. Donald young was not only a teacher of mine,he was a father,and to just realizing hes dead is not only sad but life.I really care about him and wish he can be here to talk to me.Before he died he said happy birthday to me. those was his last words to me.I cry every night thinking about what happen but, i know he still care about me. I just want to say who ever did it please remember that not only they hurt him, they even hurt everyone else. RIP DONALD YOUNG from a fellow student and daughter. HE was more man then most of the man in the world if he so call gay but hes not!!!!!!!!1

  8. Any new info about the murder

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