Woman shot dead in Humboldt Park hours before couple were dragged out of car in viral video
CHICAGO – A 37-year-old woman was shot dead in Humboldt Park and died on Saturday hours before a couple was dragged out of her car and killed.
At around 6:10 p.m. Saturday, the day of the Puerto Rico Day Parade, police responded to the 3300 block of West North Avenue on reports of a shooting.
Paramedics found Nichole Osborne-Struk, 37, suffering from a gunshot wound to the middle of her back and she was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she later died.
Her husband, Brenndon Struk, said they were walking down the street and heard three gunshots. At first, he said the doctors were optimistic because she was speaking in the hospital, but her heart stopped during the operation.
“They were finally able to stop the bleeding, but failed to bring her back to life,” Struk wrote in a GoFundMe.
Osborne-Struk had a magnetic personality and loved animals, according to his obituary.
The shooting took place about three hours before Gyovanny Arzuaga, 24, and his girlfriend Yasmin Perez, 23, were dragged out of their vehicle and shot dead. Arzuaga died in hospital and Perez died a few days later after being initially transported in critical condition.
Juan Villalobos, the director of community engagement for BUILD Chicago, works in an office just steps from the Osborne-Struk set. The organization has worked for decades on intervention and prevention of violence.
“It hurts every time, you can never really get used to it,” he said. “It has to go hand in hand, you can do all the violence intervention work all day. If you don’t provide solutions to the problem and you’re not proactive and engage the kids before they get that space, then we’re going in circles.
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