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Waukegan man taken into custody for fatal shooting of 63-year-old grandmother

Damar D. McDonald, 32, of Waukegan (left) was charged with the murder of Annie Faye Nunnally, 63, of North Chicago (right). | Provided photos.

A Waukegan man wanted for shooting and killing a 63-year-old grandmother, who tried breaking up an altercation at a party, turned himself in to police on Sunday.

Damar D. McDonald, 32, of Waukegan, was wanted on one count of first-degree murder for the death of Annie Faye Nunnally, 63, of North Chicago.

McDonald came to the Waukegan Police Department Sunday morning and surrendered, according to Waukegan Police Commander Joe Florip.

The homicide occurred around 8 p.m. August 22 in the 600 block of McAlister Avenue in Waukegan. Officers and paramedics responded for 911 calls of a person shot.

Officers found Nunnally lying in the street with a gunshot wound.

Investigators believe that the woman was attending a party at a residence when a verbal altercation broke out between two men, Florip said.

Nunnally attempted to mediate the fight and at least one round was fired, striking the woman.

She then ran into the street where she was found by officers. Paramedics transported Nunnally to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead.

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Achley Cruz-Oquendo, 32, of Waukegan, was also charged in connection with the shooting for obstruction of justice.

Nunnally leaves behind her husband, six children, 20 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, according to her obituary.

“Annie was a very special person and loved everyone she met and was loved by everyone who knew her. She had a flare for doing things in a very elegant way,” her obituary read.’

Florip said that it is believed McDonald fired the shot or shots that struck Nunnally.

Achley Cruz-Oquendo, 32, of Waukegan, was arrested on August 25 in Waukegan by police officers for obstruction of justice.

Police said that Cruz-Oquendo obstructed the investigation due to her actions the night of the shooting. She remains held in the Lake County jail on a $100,000 bond.

McDonald remains held in the Lake County jail on a $3 million bond. He was also charged with manufacturing and delivery of 500-2000 grams of cannabis, court records show.


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