Former BBCHS student slain

August 17, 2018

A former Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School student was murdered early Saturday morning in an apartment complex in Antioch, Tenn.

Craig Crisp Jr., 24, died shortly after being shot during an apparent attempted robbery outside of his apartment in the Hickory Lake Apartments complex sometime before 5 a.m. Saturday.

He died shortly after being transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Crisp had just returned to the apartment after working the night shift at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

While at BBCHS, Crisp participated in football and track. He was at BBCHS his freshman and sophomore years before moving to Tennessee.

BBCHS football coach Mike Kohl remembered Crisp.

“Craig Crisp was a tremendous role model for all players in our program. Craig understood what it meant to be a part of something bigger than himself,” he said. “He always had a smile on his face and was willing to help anyone with anything.”

He is the son of Craig Crisp Sr., of Bourbonnais, and Robin Brooks-Crisp, of Gary, Ind.

A candlelight vigil for family and friends will be held at 7 o’clock tonight at the Crisp residence, 665 Winston Drive, Bourbonnais.

Metro Nashville Police have made no arrest, but have identified two people of interest who they are seeking to talk to. The investigation continues.

The two people the police are seeking to interview were involved in an armed robbery at the same apartment complex on the Sunday morning of Aug. 6. In the Aug. 6 incident, a 54-year-old woman was confronted by two young men with guns while she was sitting in her car.

Reports stated the pair, one 18 years old and the other 15, pounded on her car windows and demanded her to get out of the car or they would kill her. She got out and they took her purse before throwing her to the ground.

Her debit card was used a short time later at a Kroger grocery store and the suspects’ images were captured on surveillance cameras.

Crisp was attending Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He was an active member of the U.S. Army National Guard in Tennessee.

Craig Sr. said if he had any idea of the violence taking place in the area where his son was staying he would have not allowed him there.

His father said his son was staying there for only about a month. He was waiting for his school’s dorm room to reopen. He was slated to return to his dorm on Aug. 22.

“So many young people have no value for life. They have no hope. This has to stop,” he said. “... Nobody should have to bury their child.”

Craig Jr., his father noted, had already gained electrician certification and was seeking a degree in computer science.

Sharon Crisp, Craig Jr.’s stepmother, said her stepson was aware of how important it was to improve where he was in life. She said he took his schooling and work very seriously.

“He had a lot of wisdom for someone his age. He always liked talking to people older to gain that knowledge. I always felt he had an old soul,” she said.

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