An $8,000 reward is being offered to anyone who comes forward with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Ramiro Mendez’s death.
After being shot and killed on Chicago’s Northwest Side this past weekend, the husband and father of two leaves behind two young daughters.
When Mendez turned 32 last October, his family never imagined it would be his last. The father of two was gunned down early Saturday morning while waiting for his wife outside his Belmont Cragin home.
“My brother had gone to a family get-together. When they got home, he was basically standing outside his house waiting for his dog to come out so he could take the dog out. At 3 a.m., any of us could be doing something similar. You don’t deserve to die this way, “Yarine Velez, his cousin, agreed.
Mendez’s distraught wife, parents, and other relatives joined community activists in pleading with the public to help find the killer or killers. According to investigators, Mendez was shot by an occupant of a black sedan in the 5300 block of W. Altgeld.
“Criminals out there don’t care where you live,” said community activist Esteban Burgoa. “They’re going to shoot you where you are. And we need to come up with solutions.”
Mendez, an immigrant from the Mexican state of Guerrero, had lived in Chicago for many years. This is where he met his wife and raised their two young daughters.
“Ramiro was a hilarious father. He was a devoted father. He was a wonderful father. He drove his daughters to school. He would bring his daughters home from school. My nieces no longer have that “Velez stated. “He was just a regular person trying to live and trying to make it in the city of Chicago.”
At this point, Chicago police are only saying that no arrests have been made and that the investigation is still ongoing.