Prosecutor: Man killed because of the way he wore his hat - chicagotribune.com"Wearing his hat cocked to the right got an innocent 19-year-old Zion man killed early Sunday, Lake County prosecutors said today.
Jose M. Garcia, 18, of the 600 block of Deepwoods, Mundelein, and Jose Rebollar-Verara, 24, of the 500 block of N. Carol Lane, Round Lake Park, thought that the tilt of Gabriel Gonzales’ hat indicated that he was a member of a rival gang, said Lake County Assistant State’s Atty. Ken LaRue.
Gonzales was leaving the One Stop Food and Liquor store, at 1015 Fairfield Road at about 12:45 a.m., when Garcia and Rebollar-Verara followed him outside and began flashing gang signs, LaRue said. Gonzales turned to run away and Garcia shot at him ten times, hitting him once in the back, LaRue said."
"There is no information that Gonzales was in a gang, LaRue said.
Garcia has 30 previous arrests as a juvenile and adult - including six convictions for domestic battery, LaRue said. Rebollar-Verara has eight previous arrests, including two weapons convictions, he said."
Continually we hear of the desire to create new gun laws, laws which invariably target only law abiding citizen. When the discussion turns to enforcement of existing laws or mandatory minimums, there is always an excuse, a justification for behavior, or a reason why those laws would be unfair. Meanwhile...another innocent man is dead at the hands of someone with 6 domestic battery arrests and two prior firearms convictions. No...this victim isn't a cute little white face school kid that can be repeatedly exploited...but he was somebodies 'child', and he is dead...and it will be ignored.