Man Charged With Shooting Sisters, Killing One, In Logan Square

UPDATED 10/10/11 10:47 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Logan Square neighborhood man goes to court Monday, on charges that he murdered one of his sisters and tried to kill another over the weekend.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, Francisco Martinez, 28, of the 2300 block of North Harding Avenue, is charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

The charges were approved Sunday afternoon.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports

Early Saturday morning, Martinez was drinking and partying with friends in his backyard when his sister Isabella, 22, came out and told him to keep it down. When he ignored her, she got their 35-year-old sister, Erminia to intervene, <a href="” target=”_blank”>the Chicago Tribune reported.

Police say an argument erupted, and Francisco ended up shooting both of his sisters.

Isabella was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

An autopsy Sunday determined Martinez died of a gunshot wound to the head and her death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Erminia was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she was reported in stable condition, police said.

Their mother, Carmella Martinez, told the Tribune Francisco loved his sisters and would have done anything to defend them if someone else had threatened them, but he went off the deep end after drinking.

Meanwhile, a longtime community activist sees the shooting as endemic of the scourge of street gangs and their influence in the area. Larry Ligas, Chairman of Logan Square Concerned Citizens, said he believes the gunman is a member of a local street gang that police have been working to eradicate.

The block the shooting took place on and in particular the building where it occurred was a location that has “kept coming up” in meetings with other community residents, police and elected officials about neighborhood violence, he said.

“The gangs are getting mean, and organized to protect what little turf they have left,” Ligas said. “Even if it means shooting their own family members. They aren’t above shooting their own family members. Their gang comes first — before their own family.”

He said the gang members have “put such a fear” into their neighbors that people are hesitant to call police when there is trouble. While the neighborhood’s quality of life has been improving, “we could do a much better job if the aldermen stepped up.” Ligas said. He said he’s tried to convene the area’s three aldermen to come up with strategies to address the gang violence, with limited success. He commended some efforts made by Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30th) and Rey Colon (35th), but he remarked, “I’m tired of all the finger-pointing. We need to work together.”

  • dooinok

    These gangs are using the same tactics as the drug cartels in Mexico….put fear in the people. Its ironic….because the people are needed to call police and help take their neighborhoods back. Why live in fear?

  • Comedy Guy

    Antonio, Jose, and Juan al jump off a cliff to see who will hit the ground first. Who wins? Society!!! HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa!!!!!!!

  • A REAL Concerned Citizen

    @Comedy Guy…you’re an idiot

    On another note, this has very little to do with gangs. It has a lot to do with weapons that are readily available and accessible to folks like Francisco. Where are these guns coming from? Did anyone care to question that? This crime is unjustifiable. Alcohol clearly influenced this killing. How accessible is alcohol in this area? Stop pointing fingers and raising criticisms if you are not presenting feasible solutions.

  • georgechicago8

    i can not believe how some people make violence on our streets a racial thing. do they make such a fuss when a serial killers is white and believe me 85 % of serial killers rapist and child molesters are WHITE caucasions. by the way what makes people from ancestors from europe more american than anyone else. were’nt the majority criminals that were kicked out of thier countries of origin. lets stop saying mexicans, blacks are just criminals.

  • changed

    Coming from a person who lived in that area for many years, who has been shot and who was previously a gang leader believe me this trajedy was not at all gang related. Maybe he was a gangmember, but alcohol was clearly the reason for the shooting. The gun came from the gang. Weapons are easlity accesible to all gang members no matter what age. It is sad that a moment of drunkiness can break apart a family and in one night the mom loses two of her kids. At 28 yrs old Francisco should have put that life behind him. Being a product of those types of neighborhoods is not an excuse to not change your life. I am a contractor, my wife works for a lawyer and we have three bright boys.

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