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The families of the victims of unsolved murders win a meeting with the superintendent of police.  David Brown explains why the cases remain unsolved

CHICAGO (CBS) — A group of mothers and other loved ones all feel the same pain after losing loved ones to murders – none of which have been solved.

Now they are ready to go on a hunger strike for justice. As CBS 2’s Marissa Perlman reported on Tuesday, the group raised their concerns directly with the Superintendent of Police. David Brown.

For now, the hunger strike is over, as the women no longer feel ignored. The Little Village moms group was finally able to speak with the superintendent. Brown – asking years later why their children’s cases are still unsolved.

Now they hope not to receive empty promises.

Outside Chicago’s public safety headquarters on Tuesday night were many faces and families — all members of the same club no one wants to be a part of.

With a photo of her son Miguel Rios in hand, Catalina Andrade said her son was about to go to college.

“My son was murdered on July 18, 2020 in the community of Little Village,” Andrade said.

For Andrade, it’s been two years – and she’s said she’s ready to go to extremes.

“Our goal was to go on a hunger strike if we didn’t meet Superintendent Brown,” she said.

The Mothers and Families United for Justice committee finally had a face-to-face meeting with top brass from the Chicago Police Department. All murder cases of their relatives are still pending.

“Here we are, six months later, and no response,” said Elizabeth, whose brother was murdered.

“We’re working towards a little change; a little answer,” said Victor, whose cousin was murdered.

It’s all gotten more painful since 8-year-old Melissa Ortega was shot and killed in Little Village – and police arrested her accused killer within days.

Some families of victims of unsolved murders say they have never even met a detective.

So now, united, they have made their demands to the police:

• Assistance from the FBI on certain cases;

• Mental health services and family support;

• A Spanish-speaking police liaison for families in each neighborhood;

• Legal assistance to families.

“We’re not here to play games,” said Baltazar Enriquez, president of the Little Village Community Council. “Our pain is real.

The group says they were promised progress – and every effort to close the files.

“Talking is cheap,” Enriquez said. “Hopefully we’ll see at the next meeting if that’s true.”

Supt. Brown has promised a monthly meeting with the families, and then a homicide detective will meet with each family about the case.


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