Happy Camper Wrigleyville donates all sales to the family of Hermilo Beltran, a staff member shot dead in an alley behind the restaurant

CHICAGO (CBS) — Happy Camper Wrigleyville is donating all of its sales to the family of Hermilo Beltran, an employee who was fatally shot in the alley behind the Lakeview Restaurant over the weekend.

Happy Camper, 3458 N. Clark St., posted on Instagram that all of its sales on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be donated to support Beltran’s wife and two daughters through a GoFundMe. The restaurant invited “friends, regulars and members of the community” to dine there and help Beltran’s family.

“The entire Happy Camper family mourns the loss of Hermilo Beltran to this senseless act of violence,” Happy Camper wrote. “He was a valued member of our team and we are heartbroken for his family and friends.”

Beltran, 47, was the father of two daughters aged 16 and 9. It was fired three times at 10:15 p.m. Sunday while reporting for work at Happy Camper Wrigleyville.

The attack happened in the alley behind the trade.

Beltran’s family said officers told them it may have been a robbery gone wrong. Beltran’s wallet was stolen and his phone was forgotten.

“He was working to improve the lives of his little girls,” said Sam Sanchez, owner of Moe’s Cantina at 3518 N. Clark St., near Beltran’s workplace. “If you work late at night, you’re always worrying about how you’re going to get home.”

Area business leaders said worker safety has always been a concern and some have spent thousands of dollars on private security.

Now, they’re hoping city and state lawmakers will spend some time addressing crime in general — not just in the Lakeview area, but across the city.


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