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Albany Park Man Was Protecting His Fiancée When He Was Fatally Shot, Family Says

Juan Dionicio Nandi was shot multiple times early Monday morning while he was walking with his fiancée a few blocks from his home. His fiancée was shot in her leg and is recovering, family said.

Left: One of Juan Nandi's hobbies was fishing. Right: Juan Nandi and his sister Káilin Nandi in a car.
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ALBANY PARK — An Albany Park man who survived a shooting last year was gunned down a few blocks from his family home Monday morning, after using his body to shield his fiancée from the gunshots, police and family said.

Juan Dionicio Nandi, 22, was fatally shot at 12:10 a.m. Monday in the 4700 block of North Kedzie Avenue, near the Brown Line stop, police said.

He’d been walking with his fiancée between her home and his when two men approached, took out guns and began shooting at them, police and family said.

Nandi was shot multiple times. He was taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to police, family and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. His fiancée, 20, was shot in her leg. She was taken to the same hospital and listed in good condition, police and family said. 

Detectives are still searching for the shooters, police said.

“His fiancée told us he protected her,” his sister Káilin Nandi told Block Club. “That was him. He would protect people and take anything for the person he loves and cares for. He was brave for doing what he did.”

This was the second time in less than a year someone shot Nandi, his family said.

They said he was the man shot in the neck Oct. 6 while driving in the 4400 block of North Lincoln Avenue in North Center, according to a CBS report.

He lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree, a meter box and the door of Lou Malnati’s pizzeria, police and family said. The victim ran off when responding officers approached his car, police said. Officers who caught up to him realized he’d been shot, police said. He was taken to Illinois Masonic in critical condition.

Káilin Nandi said did not know why anyone would target her brother in either shooting. Police haven’t notified the family of any arrest in the October shooting, Káilin Nandi said.

A police spokesman did not answer a question if authorities believed the two shootings were connected. Police have not yet updated the family on their investigation into Monday’s shooting, Káilin Nandi said.

“I don’t know if [the gunmen] knew them or not,” Káilin Nandi said.

Káilin Nandi launched a GoFundMe Monday, hoping to raise $5,000 to help her family cover the funeral costs for her brother. A memorial for is planned for Aug. 18. 

Police were “paying special attention” to the area where the shooting happened, Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33rd) said in a Facebook statement Monday.

Juan Nandi grew up in and lived in Albany Park, a few blocks south from where he was shot, according to his sister.

An outgoing person who often spoke his mind, Nandi also was an avid fisherman who would often cast his line along the North Branch of the Chicago River, North Shore Channel or at Montrose Harbor, Káilin Nandi said.

“We used to go fishing to the Chicago River at River Park right here in Albany Park with my uncle. We’d go there, like, every single day,” Káilin Nandi said. “I didn’t like it but my brother loved it … if it was up to him he’d be there all day, from morning through the afternoon to night.” 

Juan Nandi was a doting and loving uncle, his sister said. He liked to take his niece and nephew on bike rides, cook recipes he found on social media for his family and go on hours long walks with the family dogs in his down time, Káilin Nandi said.

Nandi and his fiancée met during a birthday party for Káilin Nandi’s daughter two years ago, his sister said. The couple were engaged a few months ago and planned to get married “sometime soon,” Káilin Nandi said.

The family is reeling from the shock of what happened, she said.

“Thank God [his fiancée] is okay. She’s going through a difficult moment, a bad trauma right now because she saw it all,” she said. “She really cared for him and he really cared for her.”

Káilin Nandi said she’ll miss her brother’s outgoing personality, laughter, the dumb jokes he’d tell and how he was always full of energy even after a long day at work.

“I hope the people who did this regret what they did,” Káilin Nandi said. “Sooner or later, police are going to find them and they’re going pay for what they did to my brother. I know them going to jail won’t bring my brother back. But it is going to give us a bit of relief, that my brother got justice.”

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