Mur­der charge filed against al­leged driver in Lo­gan Square shoot­ing that killed 10-year-old girl

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY DAVID STRUETT, CST WIRE RE­PORTER dstruett@sun­ | @dstru312

The driver in a shoot­ing that killed 10-year-old Lena Nunez in Lo­gan Square has been charged with first-de­gree mur­der and nine counts of at­tempted mur­der, Chicago po­lice an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

Christo­pher Lara, 19, of Stream­wood, was driv­ing the night of June 27 when he pulled over and let out a gun­man who be­gan fir­ing at a group of men stand­ing at the mouth of a garage about three­quar­ters of a block away, Deputy Chief Brendan Deeni­han said at a news con­fer­ence.

A stray bul­let went through the sec­ond­floor win­dow of the home in the 3500 block of West Dick­ens Av­enue and struck Lena, who was watch­ing tele­vi­sion with her brother that night at their grand­mother’s apart­ment.

Within hours, Lena was pro­nounced dead at Stroger Hospi­tal.

Deeni­han said a gun­man was tar­get­ing a group of men who in­cluded Lena’s fa­ther.

“They were spray­ing bul­lets ev­ery­where,” ac­cord­ing to Deeni­han, who said tips from the com­mu­nity helped po­lice track the sus­pect’s ve­hi­cle.

“For this par­tic­u­lar case, there were no eye wit­nesses,” he said, ad­ding that neigh­bors sup­plied sur­veil­lance video that helped de­tec­tives iden­tify a sus­pected ve­hi­cle and its al­leged driver.

After the shoot­ing, hun­dreds of mourn­ers gath­ered out­side Lena’s fam­ily’s apart­ment.

The sus­pected shooter is still at large. Lena is among a grow­ing num­ber of young chil­dren who re­cently have been vic­tim­ized by Chicago’s summer gun vi­o­lence. Fif­teen chil­dren — five of them 10 years old or younger — have been shot to death in the city since June 20, ac­cord­ing to the Chicago Sun-Times’ records.

Lara is ex­pected in court Thurs­day.


Christo­pher Lara

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