HUMBOLDT PARK — Family and friends of Lisa Ramos, a mother of three who was shot and killed near Humboldt Park’s namesake park Sunday evening, are raising money to help pay for funeral costs.
The fatal shooting happened around 6:20 p.m. in the 1200 block of North Luis Munoz Marin Drive, police said.
Lisa Ramos and her husband, Jose Ramos, had just finished up a motorcycle ride around the park when a gunman opened fire, according to the Tribune. Lisa Ramos was hit in the abdomen and the couple’s friend, a 32-year-old man, was hit in the lower right leg, police said.
The couple’s friend was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital. Police could not provide his condition, saying only that he was “stable.” Lisa Ramos, 40, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 1:05 a.m. Monday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
Jose Ramos told the Tribune the gunman fired shots from a grayish blue SUV, a car he was in with two other people. After shots rang out, Jose Ramos and Lisa Ramos started to run before Lisa Ramos collapsed, the Tribune wrote. Then, the gunman took aim at the couple’s friend, Jose Ramos told the Tribune.
“He kept shooting, shooting, shooting,” Ramos told the Tribune. “We were on the safe side, with the kids playing, and my wife still gets shot.”
Attempts to reach Lisa Ramos’ family members were not immediately successful Tuesday afternoon.
Since Lisa Ramos’ passing, family and friends have launched at least three GoFundMe accounts to help raise money for funeral costs. As of Tuesday evening, they had raised a little more than $1,550.
Lisa Ramos, of the 8400 block of South Morgan Street, is remembered as a “wonderful mother sister and amazing person,” someone who was “loved beyond words and will be missed tremendously.”
“We are saddened to have lost a wonderful mother sister and amazing person to a senseless act of gun violence,” the author of one the GoFundMe campaigns wrote. “This Sunday while enjoying a ride through Humboldt Park Lisa was shot and killed by a drive by shooter. She was just an innocent bystander.”
“Lisa leaves behind 3 kids a husband and siblings. Today we are asking for your help and support in this tragic time. Anything you can contribute with would help. We share in this time of grief but also share in the love and memories of Lisa.”
In another campaign, the author wrote, “Lisa Ramos was a beautiful mother, wife, sister and friend who was just out enjoying a beautiful Sunday in Humboldt Park on Division and Kedzie when someone shot her. She was loved by so many people and her sudden death has devastated our family. She was loved beyond words and will be missed tremendously.”
“She was taken from us too soon. They may have turned her light off here on this earth but i know that her light is shining bright in heaven.”
As of Tuesday evening, police had not made any arrests in the case. Detectives are continuing to investigate, police said.
Sunday’s shooting was the third such incident to hit the area in recent days.
Just before 7:30 p.m. Saturday, a 17-year-old man and 21-year-old man were shot in a drive-by in the 3200 block of West Evergreen Avenue, according to police.
The night before that, 33-year-old Mutasim Sulieman was shot to death in the 3600 block of West Division Street, about half a mile west from where Lisa Ramos was killed. Police said officers got into a shootout with the suspect, but no one in that group was hit.
In a video posted to Facebook, Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) said he met with the Shakespeare Police District for an “emergency meeting” on Tuesday morning following the spate of gun violence.
Maldonado said one of the ideas that came out of the meeting was to create a safety committee made up of parents and spearheaded by Roberto Clemente Community Academy’s little league.
“The commander committed to having police presence every single day when there are kids and children playing or practicing baseball in Humboldt Park, and also committed to having a ‘Park Car’ in Humboldt Park,” Maldonado said in the video. A “Park Car” is what police call a squad car assigned to a specific area.
“Those are very exciting initiatives and first steps so that we can all start feeling that it will be a safe spring and summer so that our children, our parents and every user of Humboldt Park can feel safe.”