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Chicago police arrest two, including a teenager, in the shooting death of an 8-year-old girl

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Chicago police arrest two, including a teenager, in the shooting death of an 8-year-old girl

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Two people, including a minor, have been arrested in Chicago and charged in the death of an 8-year-old girl who was fatally shot over the weekend, officials said.

Xavier Guzman, 27, and an unidentified minor were arrested by Chicago police for their involvement in a drive-by shooting in Little Village on Saturday that resulted in the death of 7-year-old Melissa Ortega, NBC News reported.

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The teenager pulled the trigger, aiming at a group of ‘suspected gang members’, when he shot a 26-year-old man and killed Ortega, who was walking down the street with his mother, police said of Chicago, according to the report. .

“Melissa was a precious little girl. And it’s unacceptable that she’s the latest Chicagoan to be the victim of senseless, senseless gang violence,” Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown said. at a press conference on Wednesday, NBC News reported.

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The 16-year-old was charged with one count of murder, one count of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm into an occupied vehicle and one count of unlawful use of a firearm. a weapon, police said, according to the report. , while Guzman, the driver of the car, was charged with murder, attempted murder and unlawful use of a weapon.

A third individual, aged 29, was also shot during the exchange. He fled and survived, according to police. He was among the targets in the gang-related shooting.

Chicago Police Commissioner David Brown
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Araceli Leanos, Ortega’s mother, who moved to the United States with her daughter just six months ago, shared a statement at the press conference calling her daughter’s death a “nightmare”.

“We envisioned a better life here. We came looking for the American dream we hear so much about, but instead I’m going to live a nightmare for the rest of my life,” Leanos said, NBC reported. News.

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Leanos said she forgives the juvenile shooter.

“I forgive you. You were a victim too…the community let you down just like they let my precious baby down,” she said, according to The Associated Press.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot also spoke at the press conference, where she highlighted the ongoing gang violence plaguing the Little Village area.

Chicago police arrest two, including a teenager, in the shooting death of an 8-year-old girl

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“I’ve spoken to too many mothers in this community who have told me they’re scared, scared to leave their homes, scared for their lives, scared of gangs taking over,” Lightfoot said, according to The report.

Chicago police arrest two, including a teenager, in the shooting death of an 8-year-old girl

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