BELMONT CRAGIN — Neighbors are rallying to support the family of Maria Elena Reveron, a mother of five who was shot to death last week in Belmont Cragin.
Reveron, 37, was leaving Bible study with her husband March 24 when she was shot in her head, police and family members said. She died two days later, leaving behind her husband; five children, ages 5, 7, 10, 17 and 19; and relatives and friends.
In just a few days, an online fundraiser for Reveron’s family has raised about $27,000, more than double its original goal of $12,000.
“We are beyond grateful,” Reveron’s sister, Melinda Calderon, said in a written message to Block Club. “Literally brings tears to our eyes.”
The shooting happened about 8:40 p.m. in the 5300 block of West Wrightwood Avenue, just blocks from where Reveron lived with her family, Calderon and police said.
Reveron and her husband were driving home from their church — New Life Church at 5100 W. Diversey Ave. — when someone inside a dark-colored SUV shot at them, police and Calderon said. The drivers crashed at the intersection of Diversey and Laramie avenues, police said.
Reveron was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center and died at the hospital two days later, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
After the fatal shooting, many gathered at New Life Church to mourn Reveron and honor her life, according to an NBC report.
In the fundraiser, Calderon described Reveron as “a queen who impacted every life she encountered.”
When Reveron wasn’t at church or working at her waxing spa, called The Bare Pineapple, she was spending quality time with her family, Calderon told Block Club. She loved having Fortnite competitions with her kids, Calderon said.
“She was incredible. So happy, loving, and full of positive energy,” Calderon said.
The 25th Police District, where Reveron was shot, is seeing a surge in killings this year compared to last year, Cmdr. Adnardo Gutierrez said at a meeting Tuesday outside of Northwest Side Housing Center in Belmont Cragin.
The police district — which includes Belmont Cragin, Montclare, Austin, Dunning and Hermosa — has recorded nine homicides this year compared to two this time last year, an “alarming increase,” Gutierrez said. Shootings are down 21 percent during the same time period, he said.
The police investigation into Reveron’s killing is ongoing. As of late Wednesday afternoon, detectives hadn’t made any arrests.
To donate to Reveron’s family, go here.
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