Move to reopen Bobby Gore case

undated newspaper article c. 1970

An interracial committee has been formed to press for an investigation of the recent murder prosecution and conviction of a West Side youth gang leader.

The group of 30 persons have established the Rose Gore Committee for Bobby Gore. Gore, 33, of 3956 W. 19th, is vice president of the Conservative Vice Lords. He was convicted Feb. 10 and sentenced to 25 to 40 years in prison for the Oct. 25 murder of Thurman Williams, 24, of 3307 W. 19th.

Gore’s wife Rose and the others believe Gore was wrongfully convicted and are seeking to reopen the case. They also seek a federal investigation of the handling of the case by the office of State’s Atty. Edward V. Hanrahan.

Those working with the committee include members of the Coalition for United Community Action, the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization, Black Christians Interested in Progress and the Black Strategy Center.