Man arresting in CA for Chicago shooting that killed 2 amid Puerto Rican Day festivities, CPD says
Convicted felon and accused murderer Anthony Lorenzi, 34, sits in a California lockup after he was finally arrested in connection with last month's brazen slaying.
"We will go to great lengths to bring you to justice for these victims and their families," Brown said Saturday.
Yasmin Perez, 25, and the father of her children, Gyovanni Arzuaga, 24, were both gunned down during Chicago's Puerto Rican festivities in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.
Lorenzi has been charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of Arzuaga, but not Perez. Authorities revealed Saturday that it now appears Perez was unintentionally shot to death by her boyfriend during the frenzy that night.
"It's more than likely the deceased individual that got executed did because they were in the front seat and they were the ones getting punched and kicked and pulled. So more than likely," said Brendan Deenihan, chief of detectives with the Chicago Police Department.
The handgun believed to have been used in Perez's shooting death was found under Arzuaga's body, police said.
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Investigators said they still have no motive for the June 19 crime, which happened as Arzuaga and Perez, who lived together with their two young children in suburban Hanover Park, headed home from the festivities.
They were attacked in the 3200 block of West Division by a group of men following a minor traffic accident.
A video of the attack was posted on social media.
"It happened extremely quickly. A minor traffic accident and there's an immediate punching and kicking and pulling, and trying to harm these people inside the vehicle," Deenihan said. "Then this execution-style shots are fired into this individual's head."
Lorenzi allegedly shot Arzuaga several times, including once in the head.
"This individual in custody, Lorenzi, he is the one responsible for this death. He shoots the individual in the head several times while he is on his knees. There are others that swarmed the car and kicking and punching," Deenihan said.
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Video shows the couple lying in the street next to their car as the attackers ran off.
Arzuaga died of his injuries that night. Perez died of her injures a few days later on June 22.
The suspect is now awaiting extraction back to Illinois after being picked up Friday in the parking lot of an apartment complex in San Diego, California, Brown announced Saturday during a press conference. He's charged with first-degree murder.
"The community really stepped up and gave us several tips on who he was and that is why we were able to id him to quickly," Deenihan said.
Authorities said Lorenzi is a career criminal who has been arrested nearly 30 times and convicted of seven violent crimes. Before the fatal shooting, he was most recently in trouble for a botched carjacking, according to police.
Police said tips and security video lead to his apprehension.
"There is nowhere to run. There's nowhere to hide. We will find you and bring you to justice," Brown said.
Chicago police still have other people of interest in the crime, according to officials.
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A 24-year-old man “more than likely” shot his girlfriend in the neck on accident while trying to fend off a “swarm” of people who pulled the couple out of their car on a busy Humboldt Park street near last month’s Puerto Rican Day festivities, police said Saturday.
Gyovanni Arzuaga was then fatally shot “execution-style” by Anthony Lorenzi during the vicious June 19 encounter that was captured on video, according to Chicago police. Yasmin Perez, the mother of Arzuaga’s two young children, died three days later.
Lorenzi, 34, was arrested Friday in San Diego. He’s awaiting extradition to Chicago, where he’ll face just one charge of first-degree murder because investigators say the evidence suggests Arzuaga inadvertently shot his 25-year-old girlfriend after they were ambushed in a “frenzy” on Division Street.
The couple were driving with two friends in the backseat about 9 p.m. in the 3200 block of West Division when they got into a “minor traffic accident” with the vehicle in front of them, according to CPD Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan.
A “swarm” of people then attacked, “punching and trying to pull them out of the car,” Deenihan said — all of which was captured on surveillance video.
A gunshot rang out, hitting Perez in the neck. Arzuaga was then pulled out of the car completely and shot in the head “almost execution-style,” Deenihan said.
Graphic video of the shooting began circulating online within hours. Police received several tips identifying Arzuaga’s shooter as Lorenzi, who left for San Diego the morning after the shooting, Deenihan said.
But the bullet that killed Perez “more than likely” came from a .40 caliber gun inside the car that was recovered from Arzuaga, Deenihan said, citing the video. Authorities recovered a shell casing that matched the gun and are performing ballistics tests to confirm.
“Everything points to — once again, more than likely — that [Arzuaga] discharged that firearm, accidentally, causing that gunshot wound” to Perez, Deenihan said.
But “this individual in custody — Lorenzi — he is the one responsible for this death. There is nobody else responsible,” Deenihan added.
Lorenzi was arrested by U.S. Marshals Friday evening outside an apartment complex in San Diego. It wasn’t clear how long it would take for him to appear before a Cook County judge.
Lorenzi has previously been convicted seven times, most recently for a 2016 case of aggravated fleeing and eluding from an attempted “vehicle invasion” that took place two blocks away from the scene of last month’s shooting, according to CPD Supt. David Brown.
Detectives have yet to interview Lorenzi. Police said the couple posted a photo online of themselves holding guns before the parade, but Deenihan said the motive for the attack is unknown.
“It appears that it’s possibly just the car accident, and then that immediate frenzy that occurred,” he said.
The couple leave behind two young children.
“It may look hard for a lot of people, but Yasmin was such a great mom,” her friend Jae Pacheco previously told the Sun-Times. “She loved her kids so much. You could tell they were so loved, and they were so happy.”
Arzuaga “was just about being around good vibes, being around good people,” Pacheco said.
Investigators are still looking for an unspecified number of other possible suspects in connection with the case.
Suspected Gunman In Puerto Rican Parade Murder Of Young Father Arrested In San Diego
HUMBOLDT PARK — A man suspected of executing a Chicago father after a minor car accident during Puerto Rican Parade celebrations in Humboldt Park was arrested in San Diego and charged with murder in the crime that was caught on video and stunned the city.
Anthony Lorenzi, 34, was arrested at 7:10 p.m. Friday by the U.S. Marshals in a parking lot of an apartment complex in San Diego, where he had fled the day after shooting Gyovanny Arzuaga, 24, twice in his head, officials said Saturday.
Arzuaga was on the ground at the time of his murder, kneeling over his partner, Yasmin Perez, 25. Both had been dragged out of their car and beaten by a mob of people after a minor car accident June 19 in the 3200 block of West Division Street, police said.
Lorenzi shot Arzuaga “execution style,” a murder witnessed by multiple people in the crowded area and caught on at least one video camera. That footage quickly circulated on social media.
Perez was also shot dead that night, but police on Saturday revealed they believe she was shot in the car accidentally, likely by Arzuaga, the father of her two young children.
Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said forensic evidence is still being analyzed but signs point to the 40-caliber bullet that struck her in her neck being fired from inside her car by Arzuaga. A gun was found under him after he died, Deenihan said. Tests are still being done to try to match the fatal bullet to that gun, he said.
“It’s more than likely that he discharged that firearm accidentally, causing that gunshot wound,” Deenihan said a Saturday press conference to announce the arrest and charges.
The accidental shot was fired while Arzuaga and Perez were being attacked inside their car, police said.
Two other people were in the backseat of the car at the time of the attack, but neither is believed to be responsible for firing the shot that killed Perez, Deenihan said.
Deenihan said detectives quickly began building a case against Lorenzi after getting tips from the public.
“The community really stepped up and gave us several tips on who this defendant was, and that’s how we were able to identify hm so quickly,” he said.
An arrest warrant was issued and authorities tracked Lorenzi to San Diego, where federal agents put him under surveillance, officials said.
Lorenzi was arrested without incident Friday. No gun was found, police said.
He was being held Saturday pending an extradition hearing where authorities will ask he be brought back to Chicago to face first-degree murder charges. Police Supt. David Brown said Lorenzi has 26 adult arrests and seven convictions, including one for unlawful use of a weapon in 2010.
“I hope this arrest brings at least some measure of relief to the family of this young couple who leaves behind two small children,” Brown said.
The top cop late last month said they had a “strong case” against the gunman and were just working to “close the loop” before an arrest. Mayor Lori Lightfoot had vowed to find those responsible for the “horrific” shooting.
The shooting happened around 9:15 p.m. June 19, just hours after the Puerto Rican Parade. Arzuaga, Perez and two friends were out celebrating the parade festivities in the 3200 block of West Division Street — their car decorated with a Puerto Rican flag — when they were ambushed, police said.
The gruesome video from the shooting shows the attackers dragging Perez out of the car. In the video, Perez bleeds on the ground as Arzuaga kneels over her. With people standing nearby, a man in a white tank top fires shots at Arzuaga; the shooter and the rest of the group run off while Arzuaga lays on Perez’s body and then rolls over, bleeding.
Arzuaga, who was shot in his head, was pronounced dead at St. Mary’s Hospital. Perez was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition. She died from her injuries two days later, on June 22.
The shooting has gained national attention as Chicago continues to see a spike in gun violence this summer, including multiple mass shootings.
Arzuaga and Perez, of Hanover Park, were parents to two young children and were in a relationship. Their deaths have sparked an outpouring of support; two separate GoFundMe fundraisers for their families had raised more than $135,000.
“We are all heartbroken and devastated beyond belief as they leave behind two beautiful children, Sofiya and Jayden,” family members wrote in one of the fundraisers.
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After Parents Were Shot And Killed In Horrific Crime In Humboldt Park, Family Works Tirelessly To Care For 2 Young Children Going Forward
MELROSE PARK, Ill. (CBS) — Gyovanny Arzuaga and Yasmin Perez lost their lives in a violent, high-profile shooting back during Puerto Rican Parade celebrations in Humboldt Park back in June.
But beyond that headline are two children left without their mother and father.READ MORE: Medical Examiner Called To The Site Of Brian Laundrie Manhunt
Their surviving family is working tirelessly to give them what they’ll need to walk this hard road now and in the future. On Thursday night, CBS 2’s Marie Saavedra shared their request for your help to do it.
“Prior to June 19th, I think our lives were like this,” said Cherise Schaffner as she gestured with her hands and flipped them around, “and now it just feels like it’s been completely flipped upside down.”
Schaffner started out stoic when speaking of the loss of her niece Peres, and that day in Humboldt Park she and boyfriend Arzuaga were shot.
But hiding the pain becomes impossible when she speaks of whom they left behind.
“It’s been hard,” Schaffner said before breaking down.
On June 19, Arzuaga and Perez were the victims of a horrific shooting on Division Street near Spaulding Avenue that was described as being execution-style – and which all stemmed from a minor traffic accident.
Yasmin Perez, Gyovanny Arzuaga (Supplied to CBS 2)
They left behind son Jayden, just 1 year old. His big sister, Sofiya, is 5.
“She has this stuffed animal that was given to her mom in the hospital, and she called that stuffed animal ‘Mommy’ and she takes that stuffed animal everywhere with her,” Schaffner said. “It’s like her last piece of her mom that she can keep with her.”READ MORE: Police Warn Of String Of Armed Robberies At Downtown 7-Eleven Stores
In the weeks after the shooting, the family put everything toward the children. Early donations helped make repairs in the couple’s house, so the kids could return and regain normalcy back in their own space.
Then came Sofiya’s first day of kindergarten, without her parents.
“The difficulty lies with staying on course, and making sure that, you know, the kids stay well-adjusted through their whole life,” Schaffner said.
Keeping that promise requires resources.
“My first instinct was OK, let’s do something,” said family friend Mackie Campillo.
Campillo aims to contribute. The DJ planned a fundraiser on Saturday at Journeys Bar & Grill, at 11220 W. Grand Ave. in Melrose Park.
“You try to do stuff with the right intentions and just make sure that they’re looked out for,” Campillo said.
The focus is not on how these children got here. It’s on how they can feel supported and thrive, in spite of it.
“That’s kind of where we’re at as a family too,” Schaffner said. “We just kind of want to move forward.”
It is what the children’s mom and dad would have wanted.MORE NEWS: Ex-NorthShore Gynecologist Fabio Ortega Pleads Guilty To Sexually Abusing Patients
In addition to the fundraiser in Melrose Park, a GoFundMe has also been set up for the family.
OPINION: Don’t Feed Into People Using Deaths of Gyovanny Arzuaga and Yasmin Perez to Fuel Anti-Black Narratives
Yasmin Perez and Gyovanny Arzuaga
My friend José direct messaged me a tweet from Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot on Monday afternoon. Mayor Lightfoot had been celebrating the 43rd annual Chicago-held Puerto Rican Day Parade. I scanned the photos. I responded, “Dope!” and kept it moving.
“No, look,” he wrote back. “The comments. Horrifying.”
In the replies resided a wave of people writing to Lightfoot about a shooting that took place on the evening of the parade. And one person, in particular, posted the video of said shooting, which inexplicably is still up on Twitter. But the shooting, which happened at Humboldt Park in Chicago, revealed an ambush by several men who yanked Gyovanny Arzuaga and his significant other, Yasmin Perez, out of a vehicle, violently shooting both of them before scattering away.
Arzuaga, 24, died. Perez, 25, at least made it to the hospital where she was originally in critical condition, but also passed away.
FOX 32 Chicago’s Nate Rodgers reported that Arzuaga and Perez only planned to spend a short amount of time at the parade before the shooting.
Isaly, a cousin and godsister of Perez, organized a GoFundMe for the funeral services of both families, as well as the education of their young children.
Outside of Chicago-based outlets and a growing collection of tweets, this murder has gone widely underreported. Unfortunately, what you’ll also see on Twitter are ultra right-wing conspiracy theorists wanting to call attention to the incident but are only doing so in a way that fuels their anti-Blackness because the assailant captured on video appeared to be Black. It’s a collection of people who are trying disingenuously to call attention to the murder but wouldn’t have if a cop struck down Arzuaga instead.
And herein lies the multidimensional difficulty when assessing this. Some of these people, while raising awareness of the deadly encounter, don’t care about Gyovanny and Yasmin. They care about their entrenching themselves on a provocative stance. In turn, they’re dangerously attempting to design a division that has nothing actually pertaining to the aftermath of this execution. They’re endeavoring to fuel a narrative built on Black vs. white because Arzuaga appeared to be lighter than his killer.
Throughout the country, people of color occupy close proximities to one another, growing up in the same cities, fighting for everything we could obtain, all in the name of survival. In places like Chicago, and in my native New York City, Black and Latino folks live in and around many of the same neighborhoods. And while people are using the killing as a springboard to launch their agendas, enough hasn’t been done of the act itself.
Arzuaga’s murder was aimless. Perez’s death was pointless. They were victims of stupid street counterproductive machismo pistol poppin’ that has hindered our hoods more than what the forever implemented American constructs already have.
Unfortunately, gun violence is so American that it’s tradition. But people on the far right side of the political compass don’t actually want America to solve gun violence because many of them and their relatives wish badly to protect their guns over anything else.
This Twitter profile worded a succinct analysis:
If LeBron James says virtually anything today, particularly anything regarding the advancement of his people, some will bring up his no comment on China as a mechanism of deflection to avoid uplifting all the good he’s done community-wide. Many of these same people generally don’t actually care about China; they’re just anti-LeBron, so they’ll pounce on any opportunity to publicly belittle him behind their keyboards. And, yes, he could’ve handled that with greater efficiency, but the reactions from certain groups are designed and constructed to divide and conquer.
And as for us, the people of color living in these cities where gun violence is increasing across the nation as the country rushes “back to normal,” it’s needless to say that we are long overdue to drop our weapons. We are long overdue to stop looking at each other as enemies despite emerging from interconnected and systemic challenges. And if the police are going to keep killing the Andrés Guardados and Adam Toledos and George Floyds and Breonna Taylors of the world, we need to take care of each other. We need to make sure the Gyovanny Arzuagas and Yasmin Perezes could still be here.
(No arrests have been made yet as of this writing.)
Bryan Fonseca is an award-winning sports journalist, with bylines for Deadspin. He is also founder, host and executive producer of the Ain’t Hard To Tell Podcast and Side Hustle. Twitter: @BryanFonsecaNY.
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A suspect in the fatal shooting of a young father on Puerto Rican Day in Chicago, which was captured in a widely-shared video online, allegedly bought a plane ticket within 45 minutes of the incident and fled to the state of California to avoid capture.
Anthony Lorenzi, 34, was ordered held without bail Friday following his arrest earlier this month in San Diego. He has since been extradited back to Cook County on a charge of first-degree murder in the killing of 24-year-old Gyovanny Arzuaga, who along with his girlfriend Yasmin Perez, died after being shot during the Puerto Rican Day parade on Chicago’s Northwest Side on June 19.
Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney James Murphy on Friday detailed a chaotic scene that erupted that evening after Arzuaga, who had been driving with Perez and two others, accidentally crashed his vehicle into a parked car in the 3200 block of West Division.
According to Murphy, the owner of the parked car saw the collision and approached Arzuaga, reached into Arzuaga’s vehicle and began hitting him.
As this was happening, another group of men who had been standing in the area for hours and flashing gang signals at passing motorists, began moving toward Arzuaga’s car. Lorenzi, a known member of the Latin Kings gang, and a second currently uncharged defendant, were in that group, according to Murphy, which began trying to pull Arzuaga from his car.
Perez attempted to intervene, but as she did so, a gunshot was fired and hit her in the throat, according to Murphy. It appears Arzuaga fired that shot from a .40 caliber handgun and accidentally struck his own girlfriend.
Realizing what happened, Arzuaga fell to the ground and hunched over Perez to try and protect her, Murphy said, and as he did so, Lorenzi allegedly pointed a handgun at Arzuaga and fired several shots at him.
Arzuaga was struck multiple times and was pronounced dead. Perez had a bullet lodged in her spine and died three days later.
Investigators found four 9 mm shell casings, four .380 caliber casings and two .40 caliber casings at the scene. The shooting was captured on multiple surveillance cameras, Murphy said, and some footage of the shooting quickly made its way online.
Lorenzi and the other uncharged defendant — who also allegedly fired shots at the victims — fled the scene on foot after the shooting. According to Murphy, Lorenzi bought an American Airlines flight ticket to San Diego 45 minutes after the shooting, and departed the following morning.
Lorenzi’s attorney Michael Oppenheimer claimed his client did this because he was “terrified” that he would be arrested because he is a felon. Oppenheimer argued that Lorenzi acted in self-defense, and that if his client was a police officer, he would have been justified in shooting Arzuaga, who apparently fired the first shot that fatally wounded Perez.
He further claimed that if Arzuaga had survived, he would have faced some sort of homicide charge for the death of his girlfriend.
But Murphy said Lorenzi had “no business getting involved” in this incident at all, and argued that even if Lorenzi had heard a gunshot first, at the time he allegedly fired the fatal shots, Arzuaga was shielding Perez and posed no threat to anyone.
“This defendant is behind and to the side of (Arzuaga) when he pulls out his own gun and unloads it directly into the victim,” Murphy said. “This was anger. Those shots the defendant fired were fired out of anger.”
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