Miguel Vazquez | Homicide Watch Chicagohttp://homicides.suntimes.com/suspects/miguel-vazquez/Latest news about Miguel Vazquezen-usWed, 14 Aug 2013 17:00:04 -0500Miguel Vazquez charged with killing Renee Soto, injuring three of his family membershttp://homicides.suntimes.com/2013/08/14/miguel-vazquez-charged-with-killing-renee-soto-injuring-three-of-his-family-members/<p>By RUMMANA HUSSAIN<br /> Chicago Sun-Times</p> <p>A Northwest Side man was charged with gunning down 21-year-old <a href="http://homicides.suntimes.com/victims/renee-soto/">Renee Soto</a> and seriously injuring three of the dead man's cousins as they sat on the steps enjoying the summer evening in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood last June.<br /> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/chicago/files/2013/08/showmugshot.jpg"><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/chicago/files/2013/08/showmugshot-300x225.jpg" alt="Miguel Vazquez | Cook County sheriff&#039;s office" width="300" height="225" class="size-medium wp-image-12229" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Miguel Vazquez | Cook County sheriff's office</p><br /> Soto died on the scene after Miguel Vazquez shot him in the back and arm as Soto's cousin's young children—ages 3, 8 and 9—played in the front yard in the 2900 block of North Kilpatrick, Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Bridget O'Brien said in court.</p> <p>The 31-year-old father of those children was shot when he tried to push his family members "who were frozen with fear by Vazquez's actions” inside the home, O'Brien said.</p> <p>He remains paralyzed from the waist down.<br /> <span id="more-12227"></span></p> <p>That man's 17-year-old sister is now blind in the left eye as the result of Vazquez's June 21 shooting spree, O'Brien said.</p> <p>The teenager said she saw Vazquez but thought he was just running across the street until she saw him raise his gun toward her, O'Brien said.</p> <p>That was the last thing she saw before she was shot in the face and arm.</p> <p>The wounded siblings' 28-year-old brother was leaning against the family home laughing and talking when he noticed Vazquez standing alone in a neighbor's yard opening fire on his family, O'Brien said.</p> <p>He tried to run through a gangway but was struck in the left side and arm.</p> <p>Vazquez, 20, is a purported member of a gang, O'Brien said.</p> <p>Neither Soto nor his three injured family members have gang ties, according to O'Brien, who offered no motive for the shootings.</p> <p>Soto and his relatives would often sit outside the porch in the summer after dinner, O'Brien said.</p> <p>At the time of the shooting, neighbor Nelson Mojica heard six to 10 shots.</p> <p>"Police pulled a lot of children out of there, some of them were crying and carrying bags of their belongings," Mojica said.</p> <p>"It sounded like fireworks," said Mojica's wife, Danielle.</p> <p>Vasquez, of the 2400 block of Neva Avenue, was ordered held without bond Wednesday for murder, attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm charges.</p> <p>He is a graduate of Steinmetz College Prep and currently works as a maintenance man at a temp agency, his attorney said.</p> Jeff MayesWed, 14 Aug 2013 17:00:04 -0500http://homicides.suntimes.com/2013/08/14/miguel-vazquez-charged-with-killing-renee-soto-injuring-three-of-his-family-members/Renee SotoMiguel Vazquez