Three-year-old Mateo Zastro was the baby of his family. The sweet and smiling toddler was killed on September 30e.
“I can’t wake up to my baby, I can’t hear my baby’s voice or see him graduate,” his mother Veronica Zastro said through tears.
“I don’t see his new milestones.”
Veronica Zastro was driving when police say someone shot at her vehicle out of road rage. It happened in the West Lawn area, near the intersection of Marquette Road and Pulaski Road. Mateo was hit in the head. The rest of the family was not injured.
“I don’t know what was going through his head, but my truck wasn’t tinted,” Zastro said. “You could clearly see there were children in the car, in the front seat, they are women, so I don’t know why he felt threatened by us.”
The senseless shooting shattered the Zastro family. Every night, Mateo’s big brother sleeps with his urn. 30e of each month, his family and other loved ones walk to raise awareness of the crime.
“It’s more little ones dying, not even the older ones,” Zastro said. “It’s all babies dying.”
The family is calling on anyone with information to come forward and help detectives solve the case.
“I just want them to talk, to surrender already. We need peace, my baby needs justice,” Zastro said.
Mateo would have turned four on December 21. Zastro hopes his son’s killer will be found by then.
Chicago police are continuing to investigate the shooting and confirm no one is in custody.