Family of nurse hope for justice after Little Village shooting

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CHICAGO — Family is hopeful for justice after a suspect was taken into custody who may have been involved in the deadly shooting of a nurse in Little Village.

Two people were arrested Friday night following a police chase that began in Little Village and ended in the West Chatham neighborhood.

Police said the pursuit began just before midnight Friday, near 23rd and Sawyer. A short while later, the car that was being chased crashed near 75th and Perry.

Two people inside the vehicle were taken into custody, one was later released without charges. A 19-year-old from Little Village remains in custody Sunday, but it’s not known yet if charges are related to the murder of a nurse in Little Village on Tuesday night.

Police said the car matched the description of a vehicle wanted in connection with the shooting.

Frank Aguilar had just finished work at a nursing home and was walking home after stopping for snacks at the time of the shooting. Someone opened fire on Aguilar as he was carrying his laundry and killed him.

Family are hopeful justice will be served after the vehicle pursuit.

“One of has to have been there, especially when police tried to pull them over and led them on a high-speed chase,” uncle Joshua Alcazar said. “They definitely know they’re guilty of something.”

Gabriela Esquivel was a classmate of Aguilar’s at Malcolm X College. The two became fast friends and even took the CPD exam together.

It didn’t work out for either of us. He enjoyed the medical field so I’m glad he was able to get his nursing degree and get his dream job,” Esquival said.

A vigil was held near the scene Friday night, where police also held an outdoor role call.

Police believe Aguilar was mistakenly identified as a rival gang member. Following the pursuit, police believe the SUV may have been used in Aguilar’s murder.

Family said Aguilar’s wake will take place Wednesday at La Villita Community Church from 1 – 9 p.m. Funeral arrangements have not been made yet. A GoFundMe to help with the family’s expenses is available.

Nine people have been shot in little village since Halloween, when 7-year-old Gisselle Zamaga was hit by a stray bullet while trick-or-treating.

She was released from the hospital Friday.

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