BROADVIEW, IL – An Illinois State Senator and her husband have witnessed the violent crime in the Chicago area first hand after being carjacked in Broadview, Illinois, just 12 miles outside of downtown Chicago.
— CBS Chicago (@cbschicago) December 23, 2021
The second-highest-ranking member of the Illinois State Senate, Democratic Senator Kimberly Lightford, and her husband were reportedly carjacked by a group of armed men on December 21st in the village of Broadview.
According to the Broadview Police Department, Lightford and her husband had just dropped off a hairstylist just before 10 pm when the incident occurred.
The carjacking happened when the couple was in the 2000 block of South 20th Avenue and found themselves boxed in by a Dodge Durango.
Before the couple could react, three-armed masked people exited the Durango and ordered Lightford and her husband out of their Mercedes SUV.
The hairstylist, who saw what was happening, ran into a person’s house and yelled for them to call 911.
According to Cynthia Boyd, a witness, the stylist yelled that armed men were trying to “hijack” Lightford’s Mercedes. When Boyd looked out, she saw the chaos unfolding:
“They had guns at her [Lightford]! All three of them had a gun and was pointing guns at her and at her husband.”
— Craig Wall ABC 7 (@craigrwall) December 22, 2021
Boyd heard at least some of the heated conversation between the suspects and Lightford. Boyd said:
“She [Lightford] was saying, ‘Don’t shoot my husband, please don’t shoot my husband. Take whatever you want.’ So they took her purse, and they took the car, and everything that was in the car, and they took off.”
At some point during the incident, the suspects allegedly fired multiple shots at Lightford’s husband who thankfully was not struck. Witnesses in the area noted they heard what they believed were 10 to 15 gunshots.
Police noted that at least one of the suspects jumped into Lightford’s Mercedes while the others jumped back into the Durango and fled the scene. After the incident, Lightford released the following statement:
“First and foremost I am thankful that my husband and I are alive and physically unharmed. I am trying to process the trauma of what happened.
I want to thank everyone who has offered their love and support. I want to especially thank Mayor Katrina Thompson and the Broadview Police Department for their quick and thorough response.”
The Broadview Police Department is in the process of reviewing videos in the area and processing the couple’s Mercedes which was recovered a short time after the incident occurred. At this time, the Broadview Police Department has not released any information regarding possible suspect identification.
While Lightford and her husband were spared any injuries during the carjacking, another man who was carjacked on the 22nd was not so lucky. Police reported that an unnamed local restaurant owner was attempting to get into a vehicle in Bucktown when two armed men approached him.
Illinois State Sen. Kimberly Lightford and her husband Eric McKennie were carjacked in suburban Broadview Tuesday night, according to police. https://t.co/tcEckV1RNH
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) December 22, 2021
During the carjacking, one of the suspect’s fired a gun, striking the victim in the leg. After the shooting, the suspects then fled the scene.
Natalie Gubman was in the area and reported that she heard the gunshot and heard someone screaming for help. She said:
“I just heard a shot, and I heard like squealing of a car. At first, I was like it was just the backfire of a car because the car like was squealing.
But I had a bad feeling, and so I just opened my door up there and I saw there was a guy just like laying on the sidewalk….and I was like, oh my God, it really was a shot – and he was like yelling for help.”
While no one deserves to be a victim of any crime, especially one as violent as this, one has to ask if this experience will change Lightford’s stance on defunding the police.
In the wake of George Floyd’s death, Lightford had proposed removing $80 million from the Chicago Police Department budget. The proposal was trimmed down to a loss of $59 million that was removed from the police budget.
CHICAGO, IL- According to authorities, a man was beaten to death in Chicago’s Gage Park neighborhood on Saturday, December 11th, while hanging Christmas lights.
The Cook County’s Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as 49-year-old Jose Tellez. Neighbors said that Tellez was hanging holiday decorations with his family when he was attacked. Family friend and long time neighbor Silverio Nodal said:
“He was hanging up the Christmas decorations with his family and just out of the blue they come.”
According to police, Tellez was hanging lights at his home in the 3500-block of West 58th Street around 6:30 p.m. when two people drove up in a sedan, armed with blunt objects and got out of their car and beat the 49-year-old in the head, leaving him clinging to life on his front lawn. Nodal said:
“We saw the ambulance at the end of the street and I thought maybe one of the neighbors was sick.”
Tellez was transported to Christ Medical Center in critical condition with head injuries and later died from those injuries.
According to those who knew him, Tellez was a husband, a father, and a community leader on his street for well over a decade. He was much beloved and often helped organize block parties.
On the night of Sunday, December 12th, his neighbors gathered down the street from his home with a plan to protect the block.
This is the beginning of their own neighborhood watch in hopes of preventing more senseless acts of violence. Fellow neighbors have also come together to raise funds for Tellez’ family.
As of this writing, no one is currently in custody and police have yet to release the motive for the attack. This is an ongoing investigation. Police are actively searching for two people they believe to be suspects in the un-timely death of Tellez.
A neighbor said that two of the victim’s children were helping him decorate the residence when the attack occurred.
Tellez is survived by his wife and three children. A GoFundMe page has been created to help cover his funeral expenses and support his family. Another neighbor, Miguel-Angel Lopez, said:
“It was a tragedy that could happen to any of us here. And in this case unfortunately, it was his turn. There was a meeting yesterday of the neighbors in which we are trying to do activities to be more united and better the communication to support each other in this type of case.”
Nodal described Tellez as a “family man, a hardworking guy.” He added:
“He came here to provide the best for his family, you know as all of us do, the American dream. But this is not the American dream. It’s a shame. This is supposed to be the best season, the Christmas season. It’s a family thing. These things shouldn’t be happening. It’s a big shock for all of us.”
According to reports, six people have been killed in Gage Park so far this year, which is almost a 50 percent decrease from the amount of murders the community had during all of 2020.
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