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

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.


  1. warmbrown December 29, 2007 at 5:20 am - Reply

    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,

  2. gcmwatch January 7, 2008 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    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. Bob Marovich January 8, 2008 at 2:41 am - Reply

    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. Anonymous January 8, 2008 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    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. Rodney January 26, 2008 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    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.

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  7. Anonymous March 19, 2008 at 12:21 am - Reply

    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. Lee Riggins September 5, 2020 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    Any new info about the murder

    • Bob Marovich September 11, 2020 at 2:17 am - Reply

      None of which I am aware.

    • Q August 13, 2023 at 8:12 am - Reply

      Obama had him killed…awful awful awful

      • English Rose August 24, 2023 at 3:07 am - Reply

        Larry Bland’s murder afterwards is also involved, and I wouldn’t look past the death of Nate Spencer, he was a member of Trinity at the time. Passed away from a mysterious ailments shortly before of after Donald Young was killed in 2007. It all ties together and I do think they all had one if not not more things in common with each other that brought them to graves they’re laying in now. Something happened and they knew it and time ran out before they could talk.

      • White Hat September 6, 2023 at 5:27 pm - Reply

        You are correct. Obama had him murdered because he knew too much.

  9. Emma Foster-Fiege June 15, 2023 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    Barack and Rev. Wright know what happened. Sinclair also think he and Barack were involved intimately. Young had to go. Barack was running for Prez of corporation of the 🇺🇸 USA.

  10. Karen Y Brown August 28, 2023 at 8:26 am - Reply

    We are all God’s children no matter how effed up we are. Some have came to the conclusion that Obama knows what happened. When Obama legalized gay marriage, it’s been Sodom and Gomorrah reborn.

  11. Q September 5, 2023 at 1:15 am - Reply

    Obama is the man that needs to be investigated, If Larry Sinclair wouldn’t have went public as soon as he did he to would have no longer been with us but just because you can’t kill someone who has drawn attention to himself (Sinclair) doesn’t mean you can’t shut him up and ruin his life. Two weeks after Sinclair went public with his intimate affair with then Sen. Obama a Delaware attorney general by the name Beau Biden ( JOE BIDENS SON and you thought he only had one corrupt son 😂) issued an arrest warrant for his arrest in D.C. for a theft charge that never took place. He was arrested immediately after his press conference in DC at the National Press Club.

    • Kcrarb September 11, 2023 at 12:02 pm - Reply

      Theft of what? The glass from the club he met BHO at? 🤔

  12. White Hat September 6, 2023 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    You are correct.

  13. Vivek September 6, 2023 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    any other sources of this story anywhere or has it been scrubbed off the internet? Because is not on Chicago Sun or Donald Young showing up any where

  14. Royce Alexander September 6, 2023 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    Barry S.

  15. Amanda Sue September 8, 2023 at 1:58 am - Reply

    Catch Larry Sinclairs interview with Tucker Carlson on what was formally known as Twitter…now called X…

  16. Jon Matthews September 12, 2023 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    It is okay that Obama is gay,,. what’s not okay is the assasination of Donald Young, who sounds like was an angel on earth!

  17. Pepe Machine October 16, 2023 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    Check out this book:

    “Getting Away with MURDER?–Sylvia’s Last Case?” tells the stories of the WRONGFUL DEATHS of Obama’s lover for over 20 years and Choir Director of Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity Church, Don Young on 12/23/7 and Kim’s beloved wife and soulmate who 50 years, Sylvia, while she was investigating this Murder and later, that of Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who also died under questionable circumstances. (Cf. 11/22/11 letter to Homeland Security.) Sylvia first learned of Larry Sinclair’s story of the Murder of Don Young when he posted it on YouTube as a way of protecting himself. Soon thereafter, Larry was deliberately discredited when he foolishly took a rigged polygraph. Jerry Corsi of WND tried to Warn Larry, but he didn’t listen. While Larry Sinclair told his story of the murder of Don Young to Hillary’s Senior aides and Gretta Van Sustern, he was deliberately arrested on orders of Joe Biden’s son, Beau, and kept in jail during the time of the 2008 Democratic convention. What people did not know at the time was that Larry’s limo driver in his 1999 encounter with Obama, Jagir P Multani, was an integral part of Tony Rezko’s “sex and influence peddling” operations in Illinois. The book also shows how Rod Blagojevich ended up being used as a Patsy by David Axelrod so that any knowledge that Rezko had concerning the death of Don Young remained suppressed. Finally, while Kim was battling Sylvia’s iatrogenic leukemia, she also suffered a fully avoidable stroke. In spite of Sylvia’s precarious condition, she gave Kim permission to pay Orly Taitz to fly from California to file a challenge against Obama’s New Hampshire nominating petitions based on the lack of a valid birth certificate. Kim also wrote to Homeland Security warning of the potential dangers of a “Nuclear Reichstag” thus breaking the “cover” he had maintained in order to Protect Sylvia. Although Kim had been on staff at St. Joseph Hospital for over 15 years without incident, within three weeks Kim was “summarily suspended” simply for trying to Protect Sylvia. Although Kim successfully treated Sylvia’s leukemia with Monoclonal Antibodies, SJH refused to honor Sylvia’s Advance Directive for Kim to be her POA and for her to remain Full Code. St. Joseph Administration and Its Lawyers (SJAIL) deliberately stood by and watched over a period of SEVEN DAYS as Sylvia slowly DROWNED TO DEATH on her own secretions when she could have easily been saved, just as with Madelyn Dunham. So that Sylvia’s Wrongful Death might not be in vain, in late October 2012, Kim reached out to Jerry Corsi and Donald Trump to seek their help in telling the Truth. On Monday, 10/29/12, Trump teased that he would have a “huge” announcement that Wednesday. The following day, Jerry Corsi was on Romney’s private plane to convince him to use the birther information, including Kerning-Lay-Back, while there was Still Time to Make A Difference. When Kim called Jerry later that day to ask “Is Romney In or Out?” Jerry replied, “He’s out.” Subsequently, on Wednesday, 10/31/12, Trump backpedaled the issue by announcing instead that he would give $5M to charity if Obama would agree to release his college records. To this day, the story remains untold. At the very minimum, these WRONGFUL DEATHS have been basically uninvestigated and, most certainly, unsolved. This book intends to tell these stories and seek JUSTICE for Don, Sylvia and countless other victims of Arrogance, Stupidity and Systematic Abuse of Power (ASSs) over the millennia by “making something very GOOD out of something very Bad.” So it shall be.

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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.