‘It’s senseless’: 70-year-old woman shot, killed in Hegewisch while on way to work

Chicago Crime

CHICAGO — A vigil was held Monday night after a 70-year-old woman was shot and killed in a car outside of where she worked.

Police said the woman, later identified as Yvonne Ruzich, was parked in her car in the 13300 block of South Baltimore Avenue just after 4:25 a.m. when two men approached and opened fire. Family said she was on her way to work and was killed near her place of employment, Baltimore Food Store.

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Family and friends have been gathering outside of the store Monday to honor her.

Ruzich and her stepson were parked in front of the store when security video showed a third vehicle pulling up behind them. Two suspects get out and walk between the cars, with one pulling put a gun and shooting at Ruzich.

“She wasn’t even doing anything. They could have asked her for the car, she would have gave it to them,” daughter Karla Ruzich said.

Ruzitch was taken to Christ Hospital in critical condition with several gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Family said she tried to drive away, but one of the suspects followed her and fired more shots.

A sign in front of the store calls the suspects cowards as family wants justice for her death.

“She didn’t deserve this and no one else does it just has to stop, it’s senseless,” her daughter said.

There is no one in custody and the shooting is under investigation. Anyone with information can leave an anonymous tip at cpdtip.com.

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