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Injured in shooting last year, NIU LB wounded in stabbing Sunday

Devon Butler

If it weren’t for really crappy and life-threatening luck, Devon Butler would have no luck at all.

In April of last year, the Northern Illinois linebacker was injured in a shooting that initially had left him in intensive care and cost him the entire 2011 season.  Over the weekend, Butler was a victim yet again of an act of violence.

Very early Sunday morning, the DeKalb Daily Chronicle reports, Butler was involved in a physical altercation with a male at some type of party.  While the man left, he subsequently returned and, after re-engaging Butler, stabbed the player in the chest.

Unlike last year, Butler was treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital and released a short time later.

The man was ultimately captured by police and identified as 25-year-old Freddy E. Sparks-Ward, who was arraigned Monday on charges of armed violence, aggravated battery, battery and criminal trespass to real property.  If convicted, Sparks-Ward could spend 30 years in jail.

A DeKalb police sergeant told the paper that there is no connection to the shooting Butler was involved in last year.

The shooting last year was described as a drug deal gone bad and Butler merely being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  During the aftermath of the shooting, police and prosecutors repeatedly stressed that Butler had nothing to do with the drug deal, and that he just happened to be visiting a man the suspects believed took marijuana without paying for the product.

One of the men connected to Butler’s shooting received a nine-year prison sentence in March, and is expected to testify against the alleged shooter.

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12 Responses to “Injured in shooting last year, NIU LB wounded in stabbing Sunday”
  1. woebegong says: Jul 24, 2012 11:41 AM

    This young man needs to hang with a better crowd of people. The crowds he has chosen previously are bad for his health and future.

  2. 700levelvet says: Jul 24, 2012 12:10 PM


    This young man????…………How about calling it what it is…….Or is that too painful?…..This hood rat needs to get out of the ghetto before he becomes a statistic……Makes more sense don’t ya think? This young man, chose a better crowd………. as if he was offered an academic scholarship and chose football……

  3. polegojim says: Jul 24, 2012 12:20 PM

    Not trying to nit pick JT, but this has nothing to do with ‘bad luck’… it’s ‘bad association’.

    The guys is bringing it on himself.

    Sadly – without change – one day, his foolishness will cost him or another with him, their life.

    Seen in and lived it.

  4. kozbee says: Jul 24, 2012 1:03 PM

    Sounds like this kid has more scars then RAMBO.. / Gangbanger.

  5. thegamecocker says: Jul 24, 2012 1:08 PM


    Agree 100%. Gamecocker

  6. joshspangler says: Jul 24, 2012 1:14 PM

    At some point, you have to realize that even though you may have grown up with somebody – you’re not always going to be on the track. It’s tough, especially when everybody wants to be around you, but you’ve got to separate yourself from goon-ish behavior. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time doesn’t seem like one of those explanations that should be repeated very often. At some point, you have to figure out it’s you putting yourselves in sketchy situations that’s leading to this type of result.

    Glad the kid’s still alive, hopefully this SECOND incident maybe got something through his head.

  7. woebegong says: Jul 24, 2012 2:14 PM

    I don’t know him personally and therefore it is not my place to call him a hood, punk, or whatever. The simple fact remains though, no matter what he is, he is hanging around with folks that are bad for his health.

  8. raysfan1 says: Jul 24, 2012 3:06 PM

    Totally agree with Woebegone– both comments. Well said, Sit.

  9. raysfan1 says: Jul 24, 2012 3:33 PM

    Edit function!
    Sir, not “Sit”
    Should have paid more attention in typing class.

  10. gmsalpha says: Jul 24, 2012 6:36 PM

    You mean “texting class”. Lol

  11. imforbigblue says: Jul 24, 2012 9:48 PM

    You can take a thug out of the hood but you can’t take the hood out of a thug. I guess he will have to die next time to learn his lesson SMH

  12. blueinok says: Jul 25, 2012 11:38 AM

    Kid needs to quit hanging out at the wrong place at the wrong time. There is a way to avoid that.

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