CHICAGO — Chicago police and the Cook County Crime Stoppers handed out fliers in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood Saturday about an unsolved murder.
25-year-old Aaren O’Connor was hit in the head by a stray bullet as she sat in a car outside her apartment last Friday in the 2000 block of 21st Street.
Police think she was the unintended victim of gang violence. They haven’t disclosed the details of the investigation other than to say they’re following several leads and reviewing surveillance footage from a nearby ‘L’ stop.
“I watched her die – I held her hand the entire time,” said O’Connor’s boyfriend, Carlos Sorto. “This is not a feeling that I want for anyone. No person should ever feel like this.”
Dozens of O’Connor’s co-workers helped distribute the fliers, offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Bob Thurnhoffer lives three blocks away from the crime scene, and he says he knew O’Connor.
“In this situation she literally just did nothing wrong, she was just simply having a conversation on the phone,” Thurnhoffer said.
Volunteers passed out two thousand fliers Saturday afternoon – at businesses, on windshields, in front doors and in the hands of neighbors.
O’Connor was from San Diego, but recently moved to Chicago to be closer to Sorto.