Mayor: Police have 'promising leads' in 'execution-style' double homicide in Humboldt Park

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The videotaped shooting of a young couple during Puerto Rican pride festivities in Humboldt Park is now a double homicide. The woman who was in critical condition died Tuesday.

According to Chicago police, 24-year-old Gyovanny Arzuaga and 23-year-old Yasmin Perez were driving Saturday night in the 3200 block of West Division when they were involved in a minor traffic accident and then ambushed.

Several people pulled Perez from her car, beat her, and then shot her, Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said Monday. When Arzuaga came to her aid, he was shot by a second person “almost execution style,” Deenihan added.

A crime that appeared to be about a minor traffic crash seems to be impacting people in a different way, because of the videos. Both a video recorded on a cellphone and a video recorded by a city camera were released to the public unauthorized.

Video shows the couple lying in the street next to their car as the attackers ran off.

“Execution style – that’s what they did,” Aiza Knight told CBS 2. “All he did was try to save his wife, so they decided to shoot him in the head.”

“I couldn’t even watch it. I’m not going to watch it,” Joshua Diaz added. “It doesn’t make sense at all.”

Now at the scene of the crime stands a growing memorial. According to CBS 2, there have been a steam of people stopping by paying their respects.

The couple, who had two young children, went to Humboldt Park on Saturday to celebrate the Puerto Rican People’s Parade. Family and friends said they fell in love at first sight and were inseparable.

Shortly after learning of Perez's death, the couple’s friend Jae Pacheco reflected on their love story.

“I thought it was so cute,” Pacheco told the Sun-Times. “They first met each other at a party and it was over with from there. They fell in love with each other and they spent years together. They made a family together.”

“It was love at first sight,” she added.

Pacheco said she wants her friend to be remembered as more than just a victim. She described Perez as a fun-loving friend who loved to dance and play video games. But most importantly, Pacheco said, Perez was a dedicated partner to Arzuaga and mother to their two children, Sofiya and Jayden.

“She was amazing. It may look hard for a lot of people, but Yasmin was such a great mom,” she said, holding back tears at times. “She loved her kids so much. You could tell they were so loved and they were so happy.”

On Friday, Jayden will celebrate his first birthday, Pacheco said.

Aimee Clare, an attorney representing Perez’s family, asked for privacy for the relatives.

Mayor Lightfoot told reporters Monday that police have “promising leads” and have identified the suspected shooter. She vowed to track down those involved in the “horrific” shooting.

“There’s one person who dealt the fatal shot. But there were others who were standing by who dragged that poor woman out of the car,” the Mayor said. “The man who was killed literally used his body as a shield and paid for that with his life.”

The Mayor also had a warning for those with the gunman.

“You need to turn yourself in, because we are going to spare no resource whatsoever to find them and you and bring you to justice and make sure that these people who created such brazen chaos and harm are held in custody until they see their day in court,” she said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, police said no arrests had been made.

GoFundMe page was created to cover Arzuaga's funeral costs and Perez’s medical bills. It has raised nearly $34,000 so far.