Authorities in Chicago said a 21-year-old pregnant woman was fatally shot while she attempted to rob some people in a vehicle, CBS News reported. Police said Genesis Escobar was shot and killed on Monday afternoon after she got into a car at Laramie Avenue and tried to rob the occupants.
Escobar was struck in the shoulder, back, and hand before she was pulled out of the car, police said. The deceased woman’s friend told the news outlet that Escobar was seven months pregnant. She also said the victim was a first-time expectant mother.
People came to Escobar’s aid after the shooting before police responded to the scene. She was later pronounced dead at a hospital she was taken to. “My heart is broken in pieces,” the mother of Escobar’s friend, Iris Alvarez, said. “She was also seven months pregnant with a baby girl.”
Alvarez also said she and her daughter were sleeping when the sound of gunshots woke them up. She said they were left stunned when they saw what had happened. “They looked out the window and seen that the vehicle – someone opened the driver door, walked around the vehicle, pulled the body out, and drove off,” she recalled.
Witnesses also said the driver of the vehicle took out money before the deceased victim was abandoned on the streets. “They threw a bunch of money on top of her,” Alvarez said. When she was asked about what could have been the motive behind the money being left on Escobar, Alvarez said she did not know if the victim “was into some kind of trouble.”
Escobar’s unborn child did not also make it. “When we got to the hospital, unfortunately, the baby was not able to be saved – and she passed away as well,” Alvarez said.
Escobar’s friends also said she was excited about being a mother for the first time, CBS News reported. “I don’t care how much trouble you’re in,” said Alvarez. “I feel that for a person to do that to someone, doesn’t have a heart.”
Detectives are currently investigating the killing. Arrests are also yet to be made.