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2 Men Charged With Murder Of Melrose Park Woman

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MELROSE PARK, Ill. (STMW) — Bond was denied on Saturday for two west suburban men charged with the murder of a 41-year-old Melrose Park woman outside of her home.

The armed robbery and fatal shooting occurred Tuesday night in the 1800 block of North 21st Street in Melrose Park, a release from Melrose Park police said. Officers responded at 7:20 p.m. to a shooting there and found Maricela Vera suffering from a gunshot wound, police said.

She was taken to Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, where she was pronounced dead at 7:50 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. An autopsy found she suffered a gunshot wound to the face and her death was ruled a homicide.

Two suspects — Marquis L. Byrd, 26, and Jeffrey J. Cooper, 18 — were apprehended at the scene, police said. Byrd, of the 2100 block of 16th Avenue in Broadview, and Cooper, of the 1800 block of 15th Avenue in Melrose Park, were both charged with three counts of first degree murder, one count of armed robbery and one count of aggravated vehicular hijacking.

They are both denied bond at a hearing Saturday at the Cook County Courthouse at 26th and California.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2013. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)