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Valentine’s Day 2013 parolee charged with killing 2 last Feb. 14

Marquise Hollerway. | Chicago Police Department arrest photo

A 22-year-old Chicago man — paroled last year for an armed robbery on Valentine’s Day in 2013— has been charged with killing two men on the South Side this past Valentine’s Day.

Marquise Hollerway faces two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the Feb. 14 shooting deaths of Jeremy D. Hunter and Steven Tate.

A neighbor found the bodies of 25-year-old Hunter, who’d been shot in the head, and the 26-year-old Tate, who was shot multiple times, just before 11 a.m. Feb. 14 inside an apartment in the 5000 block of South Champlain Avenue.

Witnesses told the police they saw Hollerman leave the apartment moments after hearing the gunfire, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Liam Reardon said at a hearing Saturday where a judge ordered the suspected killer held without bail.

The witnesses said Hollerman drove off in a silver car — a description that fit a car caught on video by a police surveillance camera, according to Reardon, who said Hollerman has a silver Mercury Sable.

Police found Hollerman’s car parked on a street two weeks later, and a forensic examination turned up traces of gunpowder residue inside the car, according to Reardon, adding that Hollerman never contacted police to try to track down his car.

Cellphone records showed Hollerman’s phone “pinged” off of a tower near the apartment around the time of the shooting, Reardon said. A relative also said he had seen Hollerman at the apartment in December and that Hollerman was carrying a .40-caliber pistol at the time. A magazine for a .40-caliber was found in the apartment after the shooting, Reardon said.

Hunter lived on the block where he was killed. Tate lived in the 6500 block of South Drexel.

Hollerway was arrested at his home Thursday morning in the 8100 block of South Sangamon Street in Auburn Gresham on the South Side.

He’d been released on parole in June 2015 from the Big Muddy River Correctional Center in downstate Ina after being sentence to a four-year prison term for the Valentine’s Day 2013 armed robbery in Chicago, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections and Cook County court records.

His home address at the time of that arrest was listed a block north of where Tate and Hunter were killed this year.