Father Of 43 Children Found Shot To Death In Chicago

Family members said that John "Nicholas" Hearring was the father of 43 children.

Chicago, IL – A man who is reportedly the father of 43 children was found deceased with head trauma on Sunday afternoon in his home in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side.

John “Nicholas” Hearring, 63, was found dead in his upstairs apartment in the 1000-block of North Leamington Avenue at about 1 p.m. on July 15, WLS-TV reported.

Multiple family members confirmed that Hearring had been the father of 43 children, WLS reported. He was a long-time resident of the area and was well-known in the neighborhood.

Initially, authorities thought Hearring had been beaten to death.

Police said that Hearring had suffered “unknown blunt trauma to the head” in initial reports, but later determined that he had actually been shot, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

"He was the nicest man you'd ever want to meet. I don't get it. All this killing is so senseless and now they are targeting the elderly," Hearring’s daughter-in-law Gwen Bridgeforth told WLS.

Hearring’s death was being investigated as a homicide. No arrests have yet been made in his murder, but the investigation was ongoing, police said.

The prolific father was one of eight people who were shot in Chicago on Sunday, three of whom died, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Kejuan Griffin, 21, was fatally shot in the head and chest after three men got out of an SUV and opened fire on him, police said. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

And a 59-year-old woman was killed when a man attempted to carjack the car she was riding in with a 71-year-old man and a 70-year-old woman.

Police said the suspect pulled out a gun and announced he was carjacking the vehicle. Instead of giving in, the 71-year-old driver attempted to drive away, and the suspect fired his weapon into the back of the vehicle, fatally shooting the 59-year-old passenger.

The Chicago Sun-Times has tracked every homicide in the city limits of Chicago, and reported that there had been 270 homicides in 2018 through as of July 11.

There were 650 murders in Chicago in 2017, and 771 murders in 2016, according to CNN.

Comments (29)
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Bill d
Bill d

From the news I thought there was only one shooting in Chicago this year. The innocent armed man going for his gun that critics saw the video and said we can't hear it so he was innocent.

Missy64
Missy64

You can take your concerns to the federal government if you honestly believe he was innocent. Talk needs anger and hostility....take action.

JrzDvl
JrzDvl

pretty sure that was sarcasm

LEO0301
LEO0301

I wonder if he was actively involved in raising those 43 children or if he left that up to the babies mama? I guess we'll never know now....

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Leo0301, I'm fairly sure he probably left that duty to the taxpayers of the Commonwealth of Illinois...

VicG
VicG

Strange, no mention of how many baby momma's were involved in burrfing those 43 chillin'...

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

"He...was well-known in the neighborhood." Yes. Indeed he was.

BlueJDN
BlueJDN

And I was always told I had a lot with 8 kids!

LEO0301
LEO0301

@BlueJDN - ha, you're an amateur compared to this guy.

BruthaV
BruthaV

His children/offspring WERE the neighborhood.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

It's great to see that the murder rate in Chicago is plummeting

Devilmom
Devilmom

Spay and neuter!

Juschris
Juschris

@just-my-thoughts It’s only July 😔

spd522
spd522

Sad. But it happened about 41 kids too late.

JAMSR
JAMSR

One less breeder !!!!!!!!!!

shooter
shooter

How does one afford to father 43 kids?

Oh...wait...never mind...I just answered my own question.

BlueJDN
BlueJDN

Don't I know it!!

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

"Prolific father" my foot. He's a breeder, not a FATHER. He probably didn't know all his children's names, let alone wives/mistresses. It had to be one of them who did him in or many of them in collusion.

NCgangCOP
NCgangCOP

I wonder if any of the shooters were any of his off spring? And how many are dead, incarcerated, awaiting trial or sentencing or armed career criminals.

Moonchild69
Moonchild69

Why would you assume his offspring are criminals, because he's black? Pathetic!

EmmalineG
EmmalineG

Just swell... 43 kids and untold numbers of mothers, all on welfare. At least now, he won't be fathering any more children he would be ignoring. What a selfish jerk.

Mickki
Mickki

Wow so many assumptions about a human being from so little information. Don’t become detectives.

P.Bennington
P.Bennington

@shooter - He doesn't silly. YOU do.

Da$
Da$

Wow!!!!!!! 43????

Radicon71
Radicon71

No way will the family of a non father figure NOT TURN TO VIOLENCE. At least 25%. He made 20 freaking criminals.

hampshire
hampshire

Horrible to hear of any tragic death. Sadly 43 kids is embarrassing and horrific. Will have to read how he supported them. Ha!

sturnman22
sturnman22

assume an unhappy ex-wife ..............but which one?

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"He was a long-time resident of the area and was well-known in the neighborhood."................well if that isn't an understatement. Seems like he didnt even waste time to "reload".

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"Why would you assume his offspring are criminals, because he's black? Pathetic!" ........Moonchild- the stats fully support the liklihood .It has more to do with single parent "households" which is currently at 71% in the black community.