Adam Wiggins Furtick | Homicide Watch Chicago news about Adam Wiggins Furticken-usTue, 07 Nov 2017 11:56:45 -0600Widow of slain Adam Furtick tries to persevere: 'What I can’t understand is how somebody can just shoot somebody?'<img class="size-large wp-image-29626" src="" alt="Adam and Gina Furtick. Adam was fatally shot in October returning home from a concert." width="500" height="281" srcset=" 500w, 300w, 768w, 800w, 1400w" sizes="(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Adam and Gina Furtick. Adam was fatally shot in October returning home from a concert in Logan Square. | Family photo.</p> <p class="p1">By DAVID STRUETT<br /> Homicide Watch Chicago</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Adam and Gina Furtick knew each other for more than a decade before they started dating.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">“I always had a crush on him. And when we started dating, he told me the same thing,” Gina said. Soon after that, they had a son, Blake. They were married in March 2016. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">A year and a half later, tragedy struck.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><a href="">Adam Wiggins Furtick</a> was driving home from a UFO concert in the Logan Square neighborhood on Oct. 8 when he lost his way in the Southwest Side Scottsdale neighborhood.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The night of the incident, Gina was waiting for Adam to come home.</span></p> <img class="size-medium wp-image-29627" src="" alt="Adam, Gina and Blake Furtick | Facebook" width="277" height="300" srcset=" 277w, 768w, 500w, 738w, 921w" sizes="(max-width: 277px) 100vw, 277px" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Adam, Gina and Blake Furtick | Facebook</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">“He knew I couldn’t fall asleep without him, so I always waited up for him,” she said.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">She called him at 1:03 a.m. and Adam said he was lost. He said he would figure it out and then come home.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">“And I said, OK. And then I didn’t hear from him,” she said. “And I just kept calling him and calling him and calling him, until finally an officer answered the phone.”</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Investigators said a car pulled alongside the 34-year-old Furtick’s car and someone inside fired shots.</span><span id="more-29624"></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">He was found in his crashed car about 1:15 a.m. in the 4300 block of West 79th Street, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.</span></p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: left;"><span class="s1">He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died at 6:15 a.m., authorities said. An autopsy showed he died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">“I still don’t think he’s gone. I’m having a really hard time with it. I think I’m in denial,” Gina said.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Investigators said Furtick died in a road rage incident. But his wife remains in disbelief.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">“What I can’t understand is how somebody can just shoot somebody. Even if it is road rage, how can you just shoot somebody?” she said.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Furtick was a father of three and “huge metal fan,” Gina Furtick said. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">“His favorite band was Pantera. He had a whole arm dedicated to Pantera. Music was his passion,” she said.</span></p> <img class="size-medium wp-image-29628" src="" alt="Adam and Gina Furtick | Facebook" width="300" height="227" srcset=" 300w, 768w, 500w, 800w, 1539w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Adam and Gina Furtick | Facebook</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Adam worked at the Cook County Jail in the officer’s kitchen. For a time, he commuted to Rosemont to work at a Buena Beef. He would also work concert security during summers.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">“He said he would deliver pizzas if that’s what he had to do,” Gina Furtick said. She had her hours cut when she had their son, Blake, so Adam picked up extra jobs to help make ends meet.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">She said she's been thinking about the night of the shooting and what she could have done to prevent her husband’s death. Adam had been on vacation for a few days and was restless that he had not done anything, she said. Gina noticed this and encouraged him to go to the concert, something he had been on the fence about.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">“He didn’t even want to go to this concert. He did and he didn’t,” she said. “But he busts his butt so hard to give me and Blake what we need.” She told Adam to go and have fun.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">“Now I’m wishing I could have just been that mean wife who would have been like, ‘No, you’re staying home with me.’”</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Adam and Gina enjoyed watching TV in their spare time. Their favorite shows were “One Tree Hill” and “Sons of Anarchy.” They would try to watch shows together, but Adam always had a habit of skipping forward by himself.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">“We would start watching it together, and the next day he would say, ‘Oh, I’m already on season three,’ and I’d be like, ‘Oh, great I’ll just watch it by myself now!’” Gina said jokingly.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Concerning movies, Adam was a talkative person to watch with. “He was horrible to watch movies with!” Gina said. “He could quote any movie, but you don’t even need [the movie]. I could just turn it off.”</span></p> <img class="size-medium wp-image-29630" src="" alt="Gina and Adam Furtick | Facebook" width="300" height="214" srcset=" 300w, 768w, 500w, 800w, 1398w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Gina and Adam Furtick | Facebook</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Adam also loved professional wrestling. It was an obsession he passed on to his 4-year-old son, Blake, who Adam even took to a couple live “Raw” events. They loved to watch wrestling together, and Furtick would always get excited about possibility of seeing his all-time favorite wrestler, the Undertaker.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">“Every time around WrestleMania, he’d be like, ‘Gina, the Undertaker is going to come out tonight.’ And I’d say, ‘Give it up dude! That guy’s retired. He’s like 80',” Gina Furtick said as she laughed.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">After Adam was murdered, long-time friend Frank Mastalerz created a <a href="">fundraiser page</a> for Gina and Adam's kids that raised over $10,000 in less than a month. Mastalerz said that Adam was a laid-back, family-oriented guy who was also a “Cubs fanatic.”</span></p> <img class="size-medium wp-image-29631" src="" alt="Gina and Adam Futick | Facebook" width="300" height="300" srcset=" 300w, 150w, 500w, 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Gina and Adam Futick | Facebook</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">“We wanted to make sure the family had enough money for the funeral,” Mastalerz said.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The outpouring of support from friends has “been amazing,” Gina Furtick said. The money will be used for funeral costs and other bills. She also needs to pay for repairs to the trailer Adam and she had just moved into. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">“[Adam’s] uncle had given us his trailer. And with the amount of work it needs, I don’t know if I’m going to have enough to cover it,” she said.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">But one thing she knows she will do is persevere. </span><span class="s1">“I’ve been trying my hardest. It’s harder when he was your sole provider,” she said.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">What she really wants is for people to understand who Adam really was, and that he was an innocent victim of a senseless crime.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">“It’s not like he was looking for trouble or a gangbanger. Adam was far from that,” his wife said.</span></p> <p class="p1">Regarding the killer, Gina Furtick is still waiting for answers. No suspects are in custody and police have not provided a description of the suspect's vehicle.</p> <p class="p1">Anyone with information can call Area Central detectives at 312-747-8380.</p> <p class="p1">“I’m still waiting to be told things. I’m hoping someone comes forward with whatever they know. Like if they saw something anything or heard anything, because it just doesn’t add up. Nothing adds up," she said.</p> <p class="p1">"Everybody’s still trying to pick up the pieces. His friends, his family, his children," she said. “Pray for justice for him because that’s what he deserves.”</p> David StruettTue, 07 Nov 2017 11:56:45 -0600 Wiggins FurtickAdam Wiggins Furtick of Bridgeview fatally shot in Scottsdale while returning home from a concert<p><iframe src="" width="100%" height="350" frameborder=0></iframe></p> <p><a href="">Adam Wiggins Furtick </a>of southwest suburban Bridgeview was returning home from a concert in Joliet on Columbus Day, but never made it. </p> <p>The 34-year-old was shot while driving in the Southwest Side Scottsdale neighborhood and died about five hours later at a hospital in what a friend called "a random act of senseless violence that left his family and friends shocked and heartbroken."</p> <p>Furtick was found about 1:15 a.m. inside his vehicle in the 4300 block of West 79th Street, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.</p> <p>He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died at 6:15 a.m., authorities said. An autopsy showed he died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen.</p> <p>He leaves behind a wife and three young children.</p> <p><fb:post href=""></fb:post></p> <p>A <a href="">GoFundMe page set up to help with funeral expenses</a> had raised nearly $7,500 towards a $10,000 goal in just two days.</p> <p>The author of the page said Furtick often went to shows in the area, sometimes working in the mucis industry and other times just to enjoy the music: "Adam loved music and worked many jobs within it over the years. He loved being involved and was always eager to help. </p> <p>"Adam was a brother to many and was always there if someone needed him, so shall we be for him now in this most terrible of times."</p> <p>Furtick worked show security for FM Entertainment, managed shows for CBM Premier Management, and also worked as a stagehand through IATSE Local 125. He had attended Sterling Morton East High School in Cicero.</p> <p><em>--Homicide Watch Chicago</em></p> Jeff MayesThu, 12 Oct 2017 13:47:36 -0500 Wiggins Furtick