Santino Hernandez charged in murder of 15-year-old Jeyson Gonzalez in Brighton Park

A third person has been charged with the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy in October in the Brighton Park neighborhood.

Santino Hernandez | Chicago Police

Santino Hernandez | Chicago Police

Santino Hernandez, 18, of the Galewood neighborhood, faces felony counts of first-degree murder and aggravated battery with the discharge of a handgun in the Oct. 26 death of Jeyson Gonzalez, according to Chicago Police.

Gonzalez and a 14-year-old boy were shot about 3:35 p.m. in the 2500 block of West 45th Street, authorities said. Gonzalez, of the West Englewood neighborhood, was struck in the side and the 14-year-old was struck in the lower back. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital, where Gonzalez died.

First-degree murder charges have also been filed against a 17-year-old boy and Flor Perez, 18, who prosecutors said was the getaway driver.Read more

Flor Perez charged as getaway driver in Brighton Park gang murder of Jeyson Gonzalez


An 18-year-old woman who allegedly drove her boyfriend away from the scene of a fatal Brighton Park shooting that claimed the life of a 15-year-old boy has been charged with murder.

Flor Perez | Chicago Police

Flor Perez | Chicago Police

Flor Perez was ordered held in lieu of $75,000 bail Tuesday on a first-degree murder charge tied to the Oct. 26 shooting that left Jeyson Gonzalez dead and injured another teenage boy.

Cook County prosecutors allege that Perez, her boyfriend and another, unidentified man were in a Pontiac mini van in the 4400 block of South Maplewood Avenue when they passed Gonzalez and a 14-year-old friend, Assistant State’s Attorney Jason Coelho said.

The two men with Perez were members of the 2-6 street gang, and “false flagged” the teens, throwing up hand gestures of the rival Satan’s Disciples gang as they passed Gonzalez and the 14-year-old, Coelho said.

When Gonzalez returned the Satan’s Disciple gesture, the two men told Perez to drive the mini van into an alley nearby, then got out, walked toward Gonzalez and opened fire, Coelho said.Read more

WEEK IN REVIEW: 13 killed in violence, including two accidental shootings

At least 13 people died from violence the week of October 23-29 in Chicago. The victims included 10 people who where fatally shot, including two who police said were killed in “accidental” shootings.

The homicides considered accidental by police were the shootings of a 16-year-old girl and a 21-year-old woman, police said.

Eshunte Mayfield | Facebook

Eshunte Mayfield | Facebook

The girl, identified as Eshani Mayfield, died less than 30 minutes after an acquaintance was handling a gun and it accidentally discharged, stirking Mayfield in the eye Sunday evening in Woodlawn, police said.

Three people have been charged in connection with the shooting that killed the Amundsen High School cheerleader. Joshua Baker, 19, who lives on the same block, was charged with one felony count of obstruction of justice for destroying evidence from the shooting, according to Chicago Police. Baker was released on his own recognizance.

A 16-year-old girl, whose identity was not released, was charged as a juvenile with involuntary manslaughter and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. SHe is the one who was allegedly holding the gun when it went off. A 17-year-old boy was charged as a juvenile with obstructing justice and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, according to prosecutors. Both teens were ordered held in custody until their next hearing Dec. 1, according to the state’s attorney’s office.

A 21-year-old woman also died of an accidental gunshot in the Portage Park neighborhood, police said.

Nadia Manjarrez | Facebook

Nadia Manjarrez | Facebook

About 10 p.m. Saturday night, 21-year-old Nadia Manjarrez and a 37-year-old man were inside a home in the 4800 block of West Hutchinson when the gun went off, according to police and the medical examiner’s office.

Manjarrez, who lived in the neighborhood, was shot in the head and was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Manjarrez was a 2014 graduate of Round Lake High School. An autopsy did not rule on her cause and manner of death, with results pending further investigation, the medical examiner’s office said.

The gun was recovered and the man, whom friends said was Manjarrez’ boyfriend, was initially detained for questioning, police said. He was later released without charges as Area North detectives continue to investigate.

Other homicides last week included:

  • Two men were shot to death Friday morning in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side. Just after 10 a.m., the victims were in a vehicle in the 3400 block of West Augusta, according to police. A person walked up to the vehicle and engaged them in conversation, then started firing shots. Kenta Ali Holifield, 39, was shot multiple times in the chest and head, and was found inside the vehicle, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Holifield, an Indianapolis resident, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Lonnie Hartman, 31, was shot multiple times and was found in the street, police said. Hartman, a West Side Austin neighborhood resident, was taken to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Autopsies found both men died of multiple gunshot wounds.

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15-year-old Jeyson Gonzalez shot to death, second teen injured in shooting in Brighton Park

Fifteen-year-old Jeyson Gonzalez was killed and a 14-year-old boy seriously wounded in a Brighton Park neighborhood shooting Thursday afternoon.

The two boys were walking in the 2500 block of West 45th Street, several blocks from Kelly High School, when shots were fired from the sidewalk, according to Chicago Police.

Shot rang out about 3:36 p.m. both boys were hit, and tried to run away, police said. The number of shooters was unknown.

Gonzalez was struck in the side of the body, and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:15 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in the West Englewood neighborhood.

The 14-year-old was shot in the lower back and was taken in serious condition to Stroger.

Area Central detectives are investigating.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire