Their families claimed neither one had gang ties - mind you most families say the same thing about murdered family members even when they are in a gang...and even non gang members dabble in criminal stuff such as selling drugs.... Both these guys were "BFF"'s text each other all the time...(That's a whole other subject I am not touching) and both are murdered withing 3 years of each other in Shitcago, I mean Chicago.
The two best friends made big plans together. Ricky Pike, who loved to cook, was going to own a restaurant. Frankie Valencia, a natural leader, was mulling a career in politics.
But Valencia was gunned down at a Halloween party in Logan Square in 2009 as he neared graduation from DePaul University with a degree in political science.
Valencia's mother, Joy McCormack, was so touched by Pike's posting on Facebook that she asked him to speak at her son's funeral. He was still mourning the friend he called his "No. 1" after attending culinary school for a year and working at a downtown sandwich shop.
Earlier this month, Pike was shot to death outside his new apartment — less than two miles from where Valencia was killed.
Both men died at the hands of gang members, Chicago police said. Valencia was 21, Pike 24. Neither had any gang affiliation, police and family said.
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