Adriana Lopez, a Chicago Public Schools special education teacher, was fatally shot Sunday night outside her Garfield Ridge home, family said. Credit: Provided/GoFundMe; Google Maps

GARFIELD RIDGE — The relatives of a woman fatally shot in Garfield Ridge earlier this week are raising money to pay for her funeral.

Adriana Lopez, a 37-year-old special education teacher, was killed Sunday night, police and her family said.

About 9:30 p.m., Lopez was outside her Garfield Ridge home near 54th Street and Narragansett Avenue when a man she knew drove up to her in a dark SUV and shot at her, police and her family said. She died after being shot 10 times, police said.

Relatives are trying to raise $20,000 for Lopez’s funeral through a GoFundMe. Donors have given more than $16,000.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the tragic passing of my beloved sister,” her sister, Norma Lopez, wrote on the GoFundMe. “We ask for your help in this difficult and unexpected time in our lives.”

Lopez’s family couldn’t immediately be reached for further comment.

On Thursday, police said they haven’t arrested anyone in connection to Lopez’s killing.

Lopez’s family told the Sun-Times a 37-year-old man arrested this week after an Illinois State Police trooper was shot is Lopez’s ex-boyfriend.

In that shooting, there was an “interaction” between the 37-year-old and a state trooper in Springfield, and someone shot the trooper in his leg, state police said in a statement. The man ran away and was arrested about 2 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

Illinois State Police said the man is “believed to be wanted in connection with a homicide occurring recently in Chicago,” but they did not share any further details. The man has not been charged in that shooting as of Thursday.

Funeral services for Lopez, who taught at Brighton Park’s Nathan Davis Elementary School, are planned for this weekend, her family said.

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