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Households of Chicago homicide victims need identical urgency of their instances as CPD Officer Huesca's acquired

CHICAGO (WLS) — There was a name for motion from Chicago households harm by gun violence Wednesday.

They need the individuals who took the lives of their family members to be dropped at justice, with the identical urgency given to fallen Chicago cops.

Equality in justice: That is what one speaker after one other known as for Wednesday morning, as they rallied exterior Chicago’s Space One Police Headquarters.

That group of detectives was capable of arrest and cost a suspect in Chicago police Officer Luis Huesca’s homicide in 10 days. However different instances within the space have languished for months and even years, some mentioned Wednesday.

“I am upset. I do not eat. I do not sleep. I am offended. I need that telephone name,” one homicide sufferer’s mom Juanita Arias mentioned.

Arias’ son, Adam Moreno, was gunned down in Brighton Park final September.

It is a wrestle, she mentioned, to get somebody to even take her calls.

It is the identical for Maria Puga, whose 21-year-old son, Kobe, was murdered in October, whereas out to dinner with buddies in Pilsen.

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Puga mentioned in Spanish, “We needed to ask for an additional detective as a result of, if he wasn’t doing his job, we want one other one.”

After which there’s the homicide of 9-year-old Ariana Molina simply final month. Molina was gunned down exterior a household gathering that left 10 different relations injured, together with three kids.

“What is the distinction between my daughter and the police officer? She was solely 9 years outdated. She did not deserve this,” father Jose Molina mentioned.

And whereas detectives on Wednesday took the time to talk to Molina’s father, he and his household nonetheless wait.

“It is actually arduous, understanding she’s not right here, they usually can’t discover who did it,” Molina mentioned.

A Chicago Police Division spokesperson on Wednesday pointed to the progress that is been made in recent times to enhance the town’s clearance charge, together with investments in good policing expertise.

Superintendent Larry Snelling himself final week denied there’s any choice given to fixing cops’ murders.

“I can assure you, the work that’s being carried out on instances that aren’t as high-profile, the identical stage of labor goes into it,” Snelling mentioned.

CPD, nevertheless, admits a lot stays to be carried out.

Final 12 months’s murder clearance charge was the very best it has been since 2019, and, but, it solely barely surpassed half of all instances citywide at 51.7%.

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