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Shooting Victim Had Left Chicago to Escape Violence

February 11, 1992

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) _ A black woman who police said was shot to death by a white neighbor as she held her 15-month-old baby had moved from Chicago two years ago to get away from inner-city violence, relatives said.

Lora Adcock, 22, was killed Sunday while walking past a neighbor’s window, police said. The neighbor, Curtis Donald McDonnell, 40, was charged with first-degree murder and was being held without bond.

Relatives said McDonnell shouted a racial epithet at Ms. Adcock’s stepfather, Willie Lee, as he was arrested. Police said McDonnell had complained that electrical appliances in her apartment interfered with his radio reception.

″His emotional state was very much in question,″ said Sgt. Al Taylor, a police spokesman.

Lee, 38, said Adcock followed him and her mother to the Phoenix suburb of Tempe to escape urban violence. ″Now I wish she would have stayed in Chicago,″ he said.

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