Longtime West Town resident shot, killed during possible armed robbery

CHICAGO -- Friends and loved ones are grieving the loss a kindhearted family man who worked at a bakery in the West Town community.

"I heard the doorbell ringing a lot of times. I told my mom, 'I'm so scared," said Magaly Soriano, the victim's daughter.

Magaly knew it wasn't good. Neighbors were pounding on her apartment door early Wednesday morning to tell the family that Aristeo "Pascuale" Soriano, 49, had been critically shot.

Soriano, may have been the victim of an armed robbery. A gunman opened fire early this morning near the 1300 block of West Huron Street, killing Soriano.

The victim's friends and loved ones are outraged that a gunman took the life of such an honest, hardworking man.

Soriano was a grandfather, and a father to four children.

"He worked really hard for his family. He loved us a lot. Me and my mother and my brothers," Magaly said.

Soriano had stopped at a friend's house around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday and was on his way home when the gunman inexplicably opened fire.

Soriano was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Soriano worked at the nearby D'Amato Bakery for more than 20 years. He worked the overnight baking shift from 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., walking the same route to and from work every day to support his family.

Soriano's boss, Victor D'Amato, says Soriano was more like a close friend.

Crime activist Andrew Holmes is offering a reward and passing out fliers looking for witnesses or people who know the culprit.

If you have any information you are asked to call Area Central police.