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Gunman From ‘Horrific’ Humboldt Park Shooting That Killed Young Parents Will Be Arrested, Lightfoot Vows

The victims shared two young children. A fundraiser to pay for their funerals and help their children has raised more than $30,000.

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CHICAGO — The city will find the people who killed a man and woman in a “horrific” shooting Saturday in Humboldt Park, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.

The shooting happened about 9:13 p.m. in the 3200 block of West Division Street, police said. The man, 24, and woman, 25, were attacked by two or three people who shot them, police said.

The man was shot in his head and taken to St. Mary Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was identified as Gyovanny Arzuaga, of suburban Hanover Park, by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The woman was hit in her neck and taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, police said. She died Tuesday, police said. Friends and family members have identified her as Yasmin Perez.

Arzuaga and Perez were parents to two young children and were in a relationship.The two had been celebrating the Puerto Rican Day Parade, which happened just hours before the shooting.

A GoFundMe to help their families has raised more than $30,000 so far. The money will pay for their funerals, with the remainder placed in a fund for their children, according to the fundraiser.

Police have not yet arrested anyone in connection to the shooting or said what led to the violence. But Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the shooting started with a car crash, and people dragged the woman out of the car and shot the victims.

A graphic video from the shooting shows the woman bleeding on the ground outside a car as a man kneels over her. As people walk nearby, a man fires shots at the man who is kneeling; the man lays on the woman’s body and then rolls over, bleeding.

“As you saw from that horrific video, it wasn’t just one person,” Lightfoot said at an unrelated news conference Monday. “There were others who were standing by, who dragged that poor woman out of the car.

“… The fact that, that happened in our city, and so many individuals stood around and seemingly were trying to take advantage of this moment that I believe started with a car accident, is a horrific statement, a horrific statement about those men who are involved in that.”

Lightfoot said the people involved in the shooting should turn themselves in.

Officials have gotten “promising leads” and tips to identify the gunman or gunmen, Lightfoot said. She said she hopes the shooter will be arrested “relatively soon.”

“We are going to spare no resource to find them and you and bring you to justice,” Lightfoot said.

The area’s alderman, Roberto Maldonado (26th), declined to comment on the shooting to Block Club. But in a Facebook post, he said the violence — on the day when the community was celebrating its Puerto Rican community — had saddened him.

“… I was also filled with sadness later that day when I learned of a tragic, deadly shooting of a young father which also left the mother of his two children critically injured,” Maldonado wrote on Facebook. “Unfortunately, crimes such as these, are often perpetrated by criminals who take advantage of celebrations like ours to further their own criminal activity and damage the true meaning of our celebration of Puerto Rican heritage.

“We should never allow this evil behavior to define or control the positive narrative of the pride and joy we feel in our community or our belief that we can, and always will, overcome adversity.”

Last week, Maldonado wrote on Facebook that he was outraged by the local police district’s decision to shut down a road near the parade to stop shootings.

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