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Family blamed for shootings evicted after city takes action

A South Evanston family blamed by neighbors for a recent spate of gun violence was set to be evicted this morning after failing to appear at a court hearing Wednesday.

Venus Nelson will be kicked out of her apartment on the 400 block of Callan Avenue after she did not show up for a hearing in Chicago to appeal the eviction. Nelson said she did not attend the hearing because she already had plans to move out by the end of the week.

“I just decided not to go, not to prolong it any longer,” Nelson said. “(The landlord) has given me more than enough time.”

Nelson said she plans to move into a shelter. Her 14-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son will stay with Nelson’s mother.

Neighbors and Ald. Ann Rainey (8th) had complained that Nelson’s older son, Seneca, was responsible for a series of shootings earlier this month. Seneca Nelson, 22, returned home in February on parole from drug and gun charges.

The first shooting occurred April 2 on the 700 block of Mulford Street. Two other shootings occurred that week on the 400 block of Callan. And according to police reports, someone shot at a 16-year-old boy April 5 while he walked his dog on the 600 block of Hull Terrace.

About 10 neighbors attended Venus Nelson’s hearing to persuade the judge to evict her.

“Justice is served,” said Victor Boyd, a neighbor. “People shouldn’t have to live like that.”

But Venus Nelson said the neighbors’ complaints were unfair.

“I know (neighbors) feel threatened about the shooting and everything — I do, too,” Venus Nelson said. “But I don’t have any control over that.”

Venus Nelson’s landlord has been trying to evict her since January because she owes $3,000 in rent, Rainey said at a community meeting earlier this month.

The eviction was a joint effort between Rainey, the landlord, neighbors and police, said Cmdr. Michael Perry of Evanston Police Department.

“It was becoming a nuisance,” Perry said. “Through a combined effort, we were able to get it taken care of.”

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