Earlier this week, the Chicago Police Department discovered the body of a 63-year-old man inside an apartment unit located on the West Side of Chicago. While the tragic, mysterious circumstances surrounding his death are part of the reason for the headlines, people are really shocked by the number of children he has – 43.
A Tragic Death:
According to ABC7, on Sunday, July 15 John Nicholas Hearring was found unconscious in his home. It has been reported that Hearring had been beaten to death and the head trauma he suffered is what lead to his death. On Monday, an autopsy confirmed that he died from a gunshot wound to the head. Sgt. Bruno of the Chicago Police Department and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office stated that it was unclear if the murder was the result of a robbery and the department is currently working to piece together what may have happened to him.
Shortly after Hearring’s death, the reports began circulating and now the news is going viral. Initially, people speculated that the reports were fake but Hearring’s family confirmed that he did father 43 children. However, it is still unclear whether or not any of them were living with him at the time of his death. But despite the investigation, so many people are wondering about the other part of the headlines – his 43 kids.
Social Media Talk:
As expected, Hearring’s death has caught the attention of tons of people on social media. The staggering number of children opened the doors for all kinds of comments and questions. Most people want to know the same thing: who has that many children and who kept having children for him. “How many of those kids have the same mother? Is it none??” one person wrote. Unfortunately, quite a few people reacted to the news reports with extremely callous comments. “This sickens me on so many levels. Murder aside, this man is my age. I had only 2 children EVER. He has 43. I hope he won the lottery or something because I have to wonder who supported all these kids their whole life. Otherwise, you and I did. I could only afford 2, him 43.”
However, there are some people who actually defended Hearring -mid the heightened backlash and criticism for his way of life. “To the same people who hate someone, they don’t know for having 43 children feel the same way about people who break the law to get into this country to breed and cash in on welfare?” Another person also defended Hearring saying, “What does the number of kids have to do with his senseless, untimely death? I am so tired of how the media projects certain people and things . Unreal ? Did you post how many kids the 59 year old woman who was also killed senselessly? Just stop the BS.”
Despite all the talk on social media, it has been reported that Hearring’s family members are deeply saddened by his death. His daughter-in-law, Gwen Bridgeforth, spoke briefly with the Chicago Sun-Times and she admitted that he was loved by many. She also believes he may have been targeted. “He was the nicest man you’d ever want to meet. I just…I don’t get it. I don’t get it. All this killing is so senseless and now they are targeting the elderly,” said Bridgeforth.
No arrests have been made in connection with Hearring’s death. Police have confirmed that the murder investigation will be ongoing.