Family Wants Answers In Kidnapping, Death

UPADTED 12/14/10 9:14 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — At first it was a kidnapping, but now it’s a case of murder.

The family of Francisco Favela wants answers, after two men were charged in connection with the death of the kidnapping victim.

The search is also on for more suspects involved.

It all started on Saturday afternoon, when three men and a woman showed up at an apartment building in the 2200 block of South Keeler Avenue. They claimed they wanted to rent one of the units.

Favela, who owned and managed the building, invited the group inside, where another man was also present. At that point, the would-be renters pulled guns, and while the other man escaped, Favela was bound with duct tape.

Authorities say the suspects demanded $500,000 ransom from Favela’s family, but they ended up killing him.

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Two men have been arrested and charged in the case.

Darnell Stokes, 38, of Justice, was charged at 6 p.m. Monday with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated unlawful restraint.

Keith Watts, 34, of the 3300 block of West 19th Street, was charged at 6:07 pm. Monday with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated unlawful restraint and also two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, police said.

In court Tuesday afternoon, Cook County prosecutors said that when police found Watts, he was washing bloody clothes and had two handguns. When officers examined his cell phone, they found he had called the victim several times.

The pair was charged before the Favela’s body was found, and they have not been charged with murder.

Favela’s body was found in a car in a garage in the 1100 block of North Springfield Avenue Monday night.

Favela, of the 3700 block of South Cuyler Avenue in Berwyn, was pronounced dead on the scene, according to the medical examiner’s office. An autopsy on Tuesday found that he suffered blunt head trauma and incise wounds from an assault and his death was ruled a homicide, the medical examiner’s office said.

On Tuesday, Favela’s family and loved-ones gathered and prayed in the living room of his home.

His niece, Ashley Mejorado, had this to say to the murders: “I would just tell them, ‘Don’t you have a heart? Don’t you know that you have a brother, a father, a cousin that could be somebody in your family whom they did this to? How can you just kill somebody else’s? A person? Just hate them for no reason?”

Favela’s wife and two teenage sons were too distraught to talk. But another niece, Sandy Dominguez, said she loved Favela like a father. She sai dthe loss of her uncle will forever change the family.

“They destroyed our family, and everything’s not going to be the same today, or tomorrow,” Dominguez said.

His nieces say he always trusted people. Now they fear that belief in the essential goodness of man cost him his life.

“He would never expect somebody to do that to him, just going to show an apartment,” Mejorado said. “It was something he did everyday; everyday.”

“Too generous. He’d go above and beyond for his family or his friends; even his neighbors,” Dominguez said tearfully.

Police said the investigation is still ongoing and they are looking for other suspects.

For that reason, Favela’s family is still still offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to his killers.

“Ten thousand dollars for anybody who can give us information leading to his killer,” Mejorado said. “We want to make sure he pays for what he did.”

Favela was a hardworking father who had been rehabbing homes for the past two decades. He started with little, but owned about half a dozen buildings when he was killed.

A man working for Favela also was kidnapped on Saturday, but he managed to escape.

Police are still looking for other possible suspects in this case.

Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya, CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli, Jim Williams and Pamela Jones, and the Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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  • Gee-reg

    They was just fittin to turn their lives around is what the families of the offenders will be saying to the news thats dumb enough to interview them. And then they will show the eight grade graduation pictures of Pookie and Dookie just to show they was good boys.

    • Tha Truth

      I dont think you should judge. How you know that the victim was straight up!!! no one knows but even if it was your son father cousin etc you would still wanna do what you can to save the one you love..Im pretty sure everyone involved even the victim came FROM GOOD FAMILies butt most of the drug dealers n murders do!!! i think once this is over the finding gonna SHOCK THE SHYT OUTTA EVERYONE!!!


      GEE-REG nice name but yet i still hvnt seen one of them news interviews you are so ignorant mistakes happen and we dnt know what took place but death shouldnt have but trust and know there is more to this story gee-gee

      • These animals make me SICK

        Are you serious? This is more than a “mistake”. They did this because they wanted to and they knew what the outcome was going to be all along. What if this was your father in this man’s spot? How would you feel about him being killed?

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  • Faith

    this doesnt make senes to me the reader, Fransico was “just” a carpenter? the the alleged killers motive to kill him was what? exactly!!! APparently, there’s more to Francisco then what this news is reporting. Da alleged killers must be quilty of a crime but murder and kidnapping?? i think not!!

    • Wow you're dumb

      You my friend are very ignorant. They wanted money from him, well at least that’s what the news is saying. Seems like there’s more to this story than just money. Speaking about making sense, your comment doesn’t really make sense at all. You are one idiotic person who probably lives on the west side of Chicago and who lives off of welfare. Shame on you.

  • hardworking

    I said the same thing it makes no sense that they would just a radom pick this poor guy out and assume he is worth that kind of money. In addition to that what crazy person planning to kill you will make calls from your personal cell phone knowing thats the 1st thing they check something not right I pray that the famiky get the real answers.

  • private

    So what was it if you all know what itis is messed up this man was to accepting of ppl he was my landlord and he didnt deserve this.


      private lets be real no it’s not right but in the bible it says you live by it you die by it in mexico 3,000 has died over drug war if you get what i;m trying to say and i personal know one of the suspect very highly educated and like the victim and the suspect some people still rather live double lives and play with the streets and this right here ends up and who would kidnap some one on a saturday and ask for that kind of money knowing the banks are closed unless they knew something else about this person STREET STUFF

  • Tha Truth

    I pray once the REAL TRUTH is out all parties involved can accept what they’ve found..But be 4 real make a valid point something else is being left out…These double lives catchup with you. Its obvious that Fransico was involved in something that wasnt right. He shouldn’t have lost his life this way! but no one knows what our loved ones are doing outside the presence of the people we love and trust.

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