A group of men converged on a couple who were celebrating the Puerto Rican People’s Day Parade in Chicago and allegedly shot them in a horrific incident that was originally caught on Facebook video.
The assailants numbering about six allegedly dragged the couple out of their vehicle, which was displaying the flag of Puerto Rico, and opened fire in the incident that occurred in Humboldt Park.
Victim Gyovanny Arzuaga, 24, a father of two young children, was rushed to a local hospital where he tragically died from a gunshot wound to the head. Yasmin Perez, 25, who was shot in the neck, is listed in critical condition. The suspects are reportedly still at large, and detectives are investigating, ABC 7 reported.
According to Arzuaga’s brother, the encounter started when his sibling allegedly rear-ended a parked car. The men then attacked the couple on Saturday night at about 9:15 p.m.
Authorities seemed to confirm this source of the violence. “A police spokeswoman said there was a crash before the shooting, leading a large crowd to surround Arzuaga’s vehicle in the 3200 block of West Division Street. Arzuaga and the woman were ambushed by up to three men, who fired shots at them, police said,” the Chicago Sun Times reported.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to cover medical bills and funeral service costs. Organizers have asked everyone to keep the couple’s children in their prayers
The following day, loved ones set up a memorial at the location where the man was fatally shot.
“My heart is destroyed, that was my best friend, my brother,” the brother told Fox 32 Chicago. A friend described Arzuaga as “really caring…he was just about being around good vibes, being around good people.”
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Humboldt Park #Chicago last night. A Latino couple displaying a Puerto Rican flag on their car was pulled out of their car and shot.
At least 21 people were shot in #Chicago overnight so far and the weekend is not over. @chicagosmayor @LoriLightfoot shame on you! pic.twitter.com/uvtlGhZKHo
— Lourdes Ubieta (@lourdesubieta) June 20, 2021
According to NBC Chicago, at least five individuals perished and 44 were injured over the weekend in gun-related incidents in crime-ridden Chicago, which is presided over by far-left Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
About 1,700 shootings have reportedly occurred in Chicago so far, resulting in approximately 300 fatalities, in a city that has been plagued with gun violence over a period of years.
The Puerto Rican Day parade was one of the first large-scale events in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 18, 2021
In a recent editorial, Fox News host Tucker Carlson cited Lightfoot’s soft-on-crime policies as one of the factors in the ongoing violence in America’s third-largest city.
“Lightfoot banned the police from chasing criminals, even in the case of some very serious offensives. And her D.A. refuses to prosecute many crimes. The results? Nearly 200 more people have been murdered this year than last,” he declared. Carlson also pointed out that Chicago has one of the strictest gun-control laws in the country.
Watch a report of the tragic weekend incident from Fox 32:
As this is a developing story, please check back for updates.
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