18-year-old girl shot to death in West Elsdon

Chicago Crime

CHICAGO An 18-year-old girl who recently graduated from Solorio Academy High School was shot to death while sitting in a parked car in the West Elsdon community area Saturday night.

Police said the girl was sitting in a parked car in the 5400 block of South Avers Avenue just before 8:30 p.m. when an unknown man shot her before fleeing the scene on foot. The girl was struck multiple times to the torso and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition, where she was later pronounced dead.

Family members identified the victim as Melissa De La Garza. Loved ones said that she had planned on attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on a scholarship.

“It doesn’t make any sense,” family members said.

There is no one in custody. However, police believe the shooter was a male. Anyone with information should contact the police.

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