Beverly man succumbs to gunshot wounds after lengthy hospital stay
By Casey Toner firstname.lastname@example.org June 21, 2013 8:46PM
Thomas Arrington | Photo by Casey Toner~Sun-Times Media Network
Updated: June 22, 2013 6:29PM
Beverly resident Kyle Arrington had survived multiple surgeries and was in his second day of physical rehab to overcome six gunshot wounds he suffered in May when his health took a bad turn.
“The bullets did a lot of damage and they kept on finding holes in his organs,” Kyle’s father, Thomas Arrington, said Friday.
Thomas said that when doctors examined Kyle again, they discovered fluid buildup in his chest and damage to the back of his stomach. Kyle, 34, was declared dead at 6:20 a.m. Thursday at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
Police had said David Twine, 29, of Matteson, allegedly shot Arrington during a dispute about 12:35 p.m. May 15.
Thomas said Twine and his son were friends going back to when they both attended Morgan Park High School. His wife, Marcia, taught Twine while at Morgan Park High School and he had been a frequent guest at their home.
Thomas also said that his son was inside the vestibule of his fiance’s apartment building when he was shot through a glass door and hit six times in the back as he tried running away from the gunman. He said he did not know why his son was targeted.
“Our shock was as great as his,” Thomas said. “We don’t know what precipitated the shooting and my son cannot tell us now.”
An arrest warrant was issued for Twine, who was booked into the Cook County Jail on June 1 and is being held on $500,000 bond for aggravated battery with a firearm, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office. Twine is scheduled to appear in court again on Thursday.
“We think the evidence speaks for itself,” Thomas said. “When you shoot someone in the back six times, your intent is kind of clear.”
The Cook County Medical Examiners office conducted an autopsy of Arrington, of the 9100 block of South Damen Avenue, on Saturday.
The cause of death was “multiple gunshot wounds,” the medial examiner’s office determined.
Arrington’s death has been ruled a homicide, the office said at 3:06 p.m.
Thomas said that since Kyle died his family has received an outpouring of support on Facebook from people living in six different countries and 35 different states. Kyle was Facebook friends with a number of people and maintained a page titled, “Kyle Said It.”
“They either loved him or hated him or laughed or cried,” Thomas said. “When he was born, he had an opinion about something and that was kind of his trademark.”
Thomas recalled his son being a gifted soccer player as a child, playing defense for teams in the Amateur Youth Soccer Organization and while at Morgan Park High School, where he graduated in 1996.
“Kids would cry when he got on the field saying, ‘Kyle is here, we’ll never score,’ ” Thomas said. “He was very, very quick and tenacious and he was well known in the neighborhood.”
After graduation, Kyle attended Tennessee State University in Nashville. He was wrapping up his degree at Kennedy-King College in Chicago when he was shot.
Outside of school, he was into computers, tending to the tropical fish he owned, going to the beach, spending time with his fiance, and playing with his 8-year-old daughter, Sydney.
“She was the apple of his eye and is the apple of our eye,” Thomas said.
Kyle’s memorial service at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is pending.
Kyle is survived by Thomas, Marcia, sisters Yoko and Stacy and his daughter.