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Arkansas Man Murdered While Asking for Directions in Chicago

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An Arkansas man was fatally shot early Wednesday after he and a friend stopped to ask for directions at an unknown location in Chicago, the “Chicago Tribune” reports.

55-year-old Robert Franklin and his friend, both from Blytheville, Ark., were in town to visit relatives on the South Side when they apparently became lost, police said.

The men flagged down a man they saw on the street and let him in the car when he offered to help direct them to their destination, sources report.

At some point, the man pulled a gun and announced he was robbing them as Franklin sat in the passenger seat and his friend drove. One of the victims handed over $400 in cash, the sources said.

The robber then opened fire, hitting Franklin twice in the back and twice on the right side of his body.

The friend told cops he drove to Stroger Hospital around 3$5 a.m., and Franklin was pronounced dead at 4:06 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

No one was in custody Thursday evening, and a description of the shooter wasn’t available.

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