Pizza delivery man dies after being robbed and shot

March 19, 2002

A Chicago pizza delivery man died Jan. 13 after he was shot and robbed one day before.

According to The Chicago Tribune, Charles Gordon, a pizza cook at Arnie's Pizza, had just finished his shift on Jan. 12, when he agreed to deliver a few pizzas as a favor for his boss. When he arrived at the location he determined the apartment building was vacant and turned to leave. Immediately, two men emerged from behind the building and attacked him.

The pair punched Gordon, threw him to the ground and, after robbing him of $10, one man shot him in the chest with a .380 caliber handgun.

Gordon then drove himself several blocks to a Burger King where his wife, Roschelle, worked, and told her he'd been shot. He then gave police descriptions of the men, and was taken to the hospital.

Following a foot chase, police arrested the two men and recovered the weapon suspected of killing Gordon. Adam Titus, 17, of Markham, was charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery in connection with the death. Charges are pending against a second man.

Gordon, who worked nearly every day as a pizza cook to support his seven children, died the next morning during surgery.

"He was a hardworking man, and he would want me to be strong," Roschelle Gordon told the Tribune. "He would want me to care for the children because that's what our lives were all about."

Topics: Independent Operation

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