25 years after son’s killing in East Chicago, mom seeks answers

William “Bill” Graber died after he was shot once in the chest Aug. 2, 1995, while hanging out with friends on a corner in the 800 block of West 149th Street in East Chicago — about a block away from the apartment he shared with his mother.  Graber’s family didn’t know anyone who’d been murdered before he was killed, said his mother, Mary Katherine Laird. “We lost a son,” she said. “We lost our home.”

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