18-Year-Old Killed in Touhy Park

Omar Estrada, 18, enjoyed playing soccer in the many parks of Evanston and Rogers Park.  He liked going to a different area to play, but never went to Touhy Park until this past Thursday.  Estrada was sitting on a North Side bench in Touhy Park with two friends Thursday evening, when they heard shots rang out in the fog.  His friends thought they were hearing fireworks until they noticed Estrada had been struck in the head by a bullet.

The shot was at 7:45 p.m. where Estrada’s friends did not see the shooter due to the fog.  He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead 5:57 a.m. on Friday at Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston.

Detectives are scratching their heads on this case.  They cannot seem to determine a motive, nor do they have anyone in custody as a possible suspect.  Omar’s stepfather, Luis Gutierrez claims, “He’s not in gangs, not in trouble, never fights.  He was just in the wrong place, wrong time.”

The only lead is that Estrada was mistakenly targeted by gangs feuding near the park.  Known gangs in the area, such as the La Raza and Latin Kings gangs have had history for fighting.

Omar previously requested to his family that, should he die, they are to have his organs donated.  Unfortunately, the organs could not be harvested because of the nature of his brain injury.

Gutierrez when on to say about his stepson: “He was a great kid, he was always happy, joking.  He always said, ‘I love you, mom.'”  Though, for inexplicable purposes, it would seem Estrada’s mother will not be hearing those words from her son again.