Leticia Zaragoza, 45, found shot to death in home, case deemed murder-suicide
CHICAGO Shooting — The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office concluded on Tuesday night that the fatal gunshot murders of a couple that occurred earlier this week inside a home in the South Loop neighborhood were a case of murder-suicide. In the 2000 block of South Indiana Avenue, the body of Leticia Zaragoza, who was 45 years old, was found with several gunshot wounds to the head.
Who are the culprits
The body of 36-year-old Joseph P. Fry was discovered with a single gunshot wound to the head, according to the medical examiner’s office. The office reported that Zaragoza was murdered, and that Fry committed suicide. Tony Garcia, Zaragoza’s brother, mentioned that his sister and her lover, Fry, shared an apartment in the South Loop neighborhood. “She is an absolutely stunning human being. Incredibly popular. She did not merit the bad things that were done to her. Nobody does, “Garcia replied.
Related article; Chicago man on parole fatally shot three people, wounded another
A convicted felon who was on parole has been accused in connection with a fatal shooting that happened over the weekend at a birthday celebration at a pub in Portage Park. Three felony counts of first-degree murder, one felony count of attempted first-degree murder, and one felony crime of kidnapping are brought against 32-year-old Samuel Parsons-Salas of Chicago. Parsons-Salas was on parole after being freed in September for a home invasion, according to Chicago Police Supt. David Brown. He was detained on Monday, and on Tuesday, he was formally charged with the fatal shooting.
The incident happened around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday during a birthday celebration for the pub owner’s niece, according to the police. A third individual allegedly invited Parsons-Salas to the birthday celebration. At some point throughout the evening, he was instructed to leave the gathering. According to authorities, a video shows Parsons-Salas walking to a car to get what looks to be a gun. Outside the pub, there was a brawl, and Parsons-Salas started shooting the participants. Her father, 50-year-old Ricky Vera, was slain, and the niece was left with significant injuries. Mario Pozuelos, 26, and Mercedes Tavares, 24, were two of the woman’s pals who also passed away.
According to the Cook County medical examiner’s office and the police, Vera and Pozuelos were shot in the head and body and declared dead at the site. Tavares was sent to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was later declared dead. According to a law enforcement source, Parsons-Salas allegedly continued to fire while standing over several of the victims. Then he accelerated away in a black SUV. Parsons-Salas was charged with kidnapping after police claimed a woman was being held against her will in the car he escaped in. The 25-year-old niece was shot in the head and brought to Mount Sinai in critical condition.
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