Shortly before midnight on March 20, 2012, Dante Servin became frustrated with a large block party near his home. He called 911 and reported a “huge party [with] drinking, fighting, smoking [and] drugs” and said he was “afraid something bad was going to happen.”
10 minutes later Servin left, “strapped with an unregistered Glock 9mm semi-automatic handgun”, to “get a burger”.
As Servin was leaving, he came across Rekia Boyd who was walking out of Douglas Park with another woman and 2 men, one later identified as Antonio Cross. As the 4 of them walked around Servin’s car, Servin told the two men, “Hey you can be in the park and no one will call the police if you’re quiet. People live here”. The two men allegedly got hostile and told Servin to “move the fuck on”.
Out of the corner of his eye, Servin claims he saw Antonio Cross reach into his waistband, pull out a gun, and then point it at him. Servin quickly pulled out his gun and pointed it out the window of his car. Servin told police he was aiming for Cross but Rekia Boyd was only a few dozen feet away when she was “immediately struck” in the back of the head. Servin told investigators that he thought Cross had a gun, however, no weapon was ever recovered.
Dante Servin has since been charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless discharge of a firearm and reckless conduct in connection to Rekia’s death. Servin will head to trial on April 9.