A man shot dead in a Wrigleyville alley over the weekend was working two jobs to support his wife and two daughters, and was about to start a night shift at one of them when he was killed, according to his family.
Police did not give a possible motive for the shooting death of 47-year-old Hermilo Beltran in the 3400 block of North Clark Street at around 10.15pm on Sunday, but relatives said his wallet was missing.
“My uncle was a hard worker,” Elvis Guiracocha said on a GoFundMe page. “He was a husband, father and provider to his family. Now begins the difficult period for those he leaves behind: my aunt and her two daughters, the oldest of 16 years old and the youngest of 9 years old.
According to police, Beltran was shot in the chest and armpit and pronounced dead at the Masonic Medical Center in Illinois. No one is in custody.
Beltran was on his way to work at the Happy Camper pizzeria, which posted a Facebook post calling him “our neighborhood’s unsung hero.”
“Those who work day in and day out to keep our neighborhood operational… are truly the backbone of our community, and for their time in our community, we are grateful,” the restaurant said.
It is the third murder this year in the 19th Police District, which includes Wrigleyville. There were none at this time last year.
The shooting happened just days before the police district held its annual public safety meeting ahead of baseball season, which begins April 7.
Aldus. Tom Tunney (44th), whose service includes the murder scene, said the murder ‘does not bode well for the general tone of entertainment detail in and around Wrigley’.
Shortly before former mayor Rahm Emanuel left office in 2019, the 19th district had around 400 officers. Now the district “hovers just under 300,” Tunney said.
“Everyone needs more. I don’t want to minimize the fact that this is a citywide problem,” he said. “I don’t know what the right number is. But I had a commitment under the previous administration that we would maintain around 400.”
Tunney said the shooting is disturbing proof that “it can happen anywhere.”
“You saw it in River North. You saw it in the Gold Coast. You saw it on the south and west sides,” he said. “Unfortunately, this is a Lake View tragedy. This is a real problem for our city.