Gabriel Guardiola convicted of murder for shooting friend who refused to get into car outside strip club

Gabriel Guardiola / Photo from Chicago Police
Gabriel Guardiola / Photo from Chicago Police

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Gabriel Guardiola was convicted of murder Friday for shooting a friend who refused to get into his car after a night at a strip club.

Guardiola, 38, was found guilty of first-degree murder Friday for the shooting that killed Cicero resident Ricardo Rivera early Feb. 24, 2013 according to court records.

Prosecutors said the pair belonged to the same motorcycle club, and Guardiola had picked up Rivera hours earlier so they could go to a strip club.

After leaving the club, Guardiola got into his car as Rivera walked ahead down the street, prosecutors said.

Guardiola told his friend to get into his car, and eventually called a mutual friend where he said what he would do to Rivera if Rivera kept walking along Cicero Avenue, prosecutors said.

Rivera, 31, called the same friend before walking to a parking lot in the 100 block of South Cicero Avenue, where Guardiola got out of his car, shot Rivera in the head and drove away, prosecutors said.

Rivera, of the 4900 block of West 23rd Place in Cicero, died at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Surveillance cameras captured Guardiola firing the weapon, prosecutors said.

Ricardo Rivera

Ricardo Rivera

Police allegedly found a gun in Guardiola’s residence in the 1500 block of North Monticello Avenue and gunshot residue on his clothing, prosecutors said.

At the time of his arrest, Guardiola was a married father of six and worked as a custodian at Lane Tech College Prep, according to a public defender.

He was convicted following a week-long jury trial, and will next appear in court March 16, court records show.

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