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ABC7 Exclusive: Victim's sister questions why Ark. man was shot on Chicago visit

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The sister of an Arkansas man killed while visiting Chicago spoke exclusively with ABC7 on Thursday night. Police say the man was shot after he and the driver of the car he was in got lost and stopped to ask for directions.

The victim's sister says she doesn't buy it. Both had been to Chicago before and she told ABC7'S Stacey Baca a very different story.

Robert Franklin, 55, was from a small, steel mill town in Arkansas. But his sister tells ABC 7 that he was street savvy and familiar with the streets of Chicago.

The sister of Robert Franklin says he was quiet, someone who enjoyed staying home and watching TV. So, why was he on a trip to Chicago?

"He went along for the ride, that's all. He was going up there to do something, or visit someone," said Dorothy Franklin, victim's sister.

Chicago Police say Franklin was a passenger in a car and the driver was his neighbor in Arkansas. Police say they pulled off the Dan Ryan Expressway to ask for directions about 3:45 a.m. on Thursday morning. But the victim's sister questions that story.

"My brother was from the West Side of Chicago, so why is it that he's going to ask for directions?" said Dorothy Franklin.

She says Franklin lived in Chicago 30 years ago and knows the area. She adds that Franklin and the driver are from a small Arkansas town called Blytheville and live in the same neighborhood.

"It was somebody he know all his life, they was friends," said Dorothy Franklin.

In Chicago, police say the two Arkansas men asked for directions when they exited the Dan Ryan. But instead, a gunman got into the car, robbed them, got out of the car, and then fired shots into the vehicle, hitting Franklin.

"Why are you going to rob someone who ain't got no money. He ain't got no money," said Dorothy Franklin.

After that, police say the driver rushed Franklin to Stroger Hospital. Dorothy Franklin is suspicious of the entire story.

"Now everybody, old and young, are saying the same thing. There is more to it than that," said Franklin.

Chicago Police say they have been talking to the driver. So far, no one is in custody or charged.

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