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Puerto Rican Couple Pulled From Car, Shot In Middle Of Street In Chicago

Chicago, IL – A young couple participating in the Puerto Rican Day festivities in Chicago were gunned down on the Northwest side of the city on Saturday night after they accidentally rear-ended a parked car, and the entire attack was captured on video.

The incident occurred at about 9:15 p.m. on June 19 in the 3200-block of West Division Street in Humboldt Park, WFLD reported.

Surveillance video of the incident showed a group of men dragging the couple – later identified as 24-year-old Gyovanny Arzuaga and 25-year-old Yasmin Perez – out of their vehicle and shooting them multiple times.

Arzuaga’s brother told WFLD that his brother had only planned to spend a short time at the Puerto Rican Day parade.

Things went sideways for the pair a few hours after the parade ended when they accidentally rear-ended a parked car near Humboldt Park.

Surveillance video showed six men who were in the parked vehicle they hit piled out of the car and attacked Arzuaga and Perez, WFLD reported.

Some of the men threw gang signs, according to Arzuaga’s brother.

The video showed Arzuaga crouched protectively over his girlfriend’s body as she lay on her back in the street.

The group scattered, but one man in a white tank top and shorts remained and stood over them and fired his gun at them repeatedly before fleeing.

Arzuaga collapsed onto his girlfriend’s body, the video showed.

The surveillance video showed that during the attack, multiple bystanders held up their phones to film video of it, but nobody appeared to try to intervene.

One of the men filming the attack approached the wounded, bleeding couple and Arzuaga appeared to try to sit up.

The man ran away and Arzuaga dropped to the pavement on his back.

Police said Arzuaga was transported to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center and with gunshot wounds to the head, hip, and thigh, WFLD reported.

Arzuaga was pronounced dead at the hospital, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Perez was taken to Stroger Hospital with gunshot wounds to the neck.

She remained in the hospital in critical condition on Monday, WFLD reported.

The young couple were the parents of a one year old and a three year old.

The attack and murder sparked outrage on social media, with many people calling the incident a hate crime and calling on Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to do something about the skyrocketing violent crime in the city, according to MEAWW.

“This is a racist attack,” @TheLastRefuge2 tweeted. “This is what MSM will never talk about because it doesn’t fit their narrative. Puerto Rican’s (see flag) pulled out of their vehicle and shot by Black attackers. Latino -vs- Black is a common cultural conflict.”

Lightfoot, who recently announced she would no longer give interviews to white journalists, declared racism as a public health crisis in Chicago on Thursday, the New York Post reported.

“At almost every point in our city’s history, sadly, racism has taken a devastating toll on the health and well-being of our residents of color, and particularly those who are black,” the mayor told reporters on June 17. “And ladies and gentlemen, it is literally killing us.”

“That’s why I am declaring racism as a public health crisis,” Lightfoot said.

Outraged social media users accused the mayor of ignoring the attack on Puerto Ricans Arzuaga and Perez after video showed was committed by black men.

“The couple executed in humboldt park Chicago last night deserved better. God bless the baby,” @m83_liber tweeted at the Lightfoot and the mayor’s office.

But despite calls for the mayor to intervene, Lightfoot’s office was strangely quiet on the matter Sunday, MEAWW reported.

She still hadn’t weighed in on the gruesome attack as of Monday morning.

No arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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