Alexandria Burgos | Homicide Watch Chicago news about Alexandria Burgosen-usWed, 03 Dec 2014 16:33:49 -0600Mother: Slain YMCA worker Alexandria Burgos loved helping children<p><span class='embed-youtube' style='text-align:center; display: block;'><iframe class='youtube-player' type='text/html' width='500' height='312' src=';rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen='true'></iframe></span></p> <p>BY KENNY NGUYEN<br /> Homicide Watch Chicago</p> <p><a href="">Alexandria Burgos</a> enjoyed working with children and wanted to pursue a career in social work, her mother said.</p> <p>"Her goal [was] to work in the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center," said Burgos mother, Milagros Burgos. "She had her heart set up to help kids that needed help."</p> <p>Alexandria Burgos, 18, was fatally shot in the 5300 block of West Oakdale Avenue about 12:35 a.m. Oct. 19, authorities said.</p> <p>She was sitting in an apartment when gunfire erupted outside and one of the bullets came through the window and struck her in the head, police said.</p> <p>Milagros Burgos said her daughter had recently started a new job at a YMCA in north suburban Niles. On the night of the shooting, she left work, briefly stopped home then went to pick up a sibling from a friend's home, where she was shot.</p> <p>"She did her sisterly duty," Milagros Burgos said. "She was a protective sister and he knew that, she was always there when he needed her."<br /> <span id="more-9227"></span><br /> <iframe src="" width="100%" height="350" frameborder=0></iframe></p> <p>Alexandria Burgos had always helped her family and area children. Before working at the YMCA, she worked with children as a recreational leader at the Chicago Park District, her mother said.</p> <p>"The kids in general had an attachment with Alexandria," Milagros Burgos said. "Not that she did it purposely, but they loved the way she was -- her mannerism and her kindness."</p> <p>Alexandria Burgos went to Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center, where she took part in an After School Matters program that provided the opportunity to go to culinary school for six months, her mother said.<img src="" alt="Alexandria Burgos / Family photo" width="251" height="300" class="size-medium wp-image-9239" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Alexandria Burgos / Family photo</p></p> <p>"She loved baking. She would make chocolate, velvet or lemon cake for the holidays," Milagros Burgos said. "She also thought about doing cooking as a career but she decided she wanted that to be a hobby and not a living."</p> <p>After high school, Alexandria Burgos enrolled at Wilbur Wright College and hoped to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a degree in social work, her mother said.</p> <p>In addition to working with children and baking, Alexandria Burgos enjoyed music and dancing, her mother said.</p> <p>“She knew how to dance,” Milagros Burgos said. “She did her own choreography for her cotillion. She had a hidden talent that I would see and I would tell her that she should go to school in that.”</p> <p>Alexandria Burgos' athleticism wasn't limited to dance, and she played baseball, basketball and softball in high school, her mother said.</p> <p>“One time I went to Alexandria’s basketball game and I called the referee an umpire instead of a referee, and she would just smile back,” Milagros Burgos said.</p> <p>Melissa Hernandez said she will remember her friend's welcoming personality more than anything.</p> <p>“Her smile was something I would never forget,” Hernandez said. “She was so bright and welcoming. She impacted people’s lives in the ways no one else could. Alexandria had a ton of potential, she was about to change people’s lives and it’s unfortunate that she didn’t have that opportunity.”</p> <p>Another friend, Marissa Finley, noted how Alexandria Burgos' personality affected others.</p> <p>“She was a really happy person. Her positivity and her smile was just so contagious,” Finley said.</p> <p>Finley and Alexandria Burgos became friends when they were young and the pair bonded at family parties and vacations to the Wisconsin Dells and Florida, Finley said.</p> <p>The day before the shooting, Finley invited Alexandria Burgos to her first-ever professional show at Second City, Finley said.</p> <p>"She kept texting me saying, 'I hope I will make it,'" Finley said. "She was like a sister to me. She was so close to me, so the fact that she would miss that ... I would be really heartbroken. She tried everything and beyond to make it, and she did."<img src="" alt="Alexandria Burgos / Family photo" width="300" height="168" class="size-medium wp-image-9238" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Alexandria Burgos / Family photo</p></p> <p>The last time Finley saw her friend was after the show.</p> <p>"The fact that she loved me, and the fact that I loved her the exact same way, is like I can’t believe this happened," Finley said. "She was a very big piece of my heart that will never be filled again."</p> <p>After Alexandria Burgos' death, her grammar school, middle school and college held a moment of silence in her honor, said her mother, who believes there needs to be more programs for youths to stop violence.</p> <p>“There has to be more reach out programs to reach out to the kids and show them that we care and love them, and that they don’t need to be out there hurting others and themselves,” Milagros Burgos said.</p> <p>“Alexandria was a peacemaker, she didn’t like conflicts. She didn’t like any type of controversy. She always makes sure everyone got along, she loving and a very humbled person."</p> <p>Nobody has been charged for the murder. Area North detectives are investigating.</p> Michael LansuWed, 03 Dec 2014 16:33:49 -0600 BurgosWEEK IN REVIEW: Six killed in Chicago violence<p>BY MICHAEL LANSU<br /> Homicide Watch Chicago Editor</p> <p>Four people were shot to death, one man was fatally stabbed and another was beaten and strangled last week in Chicago.</p> <p>Three of the six murder victims were fatally shot over the weekend, when at least 19 other people were wounded by gunfire.</p> <p>The most recent killing happened when 18-year-old <a href="">Alexandria Burgos</a> was shot in the head while sitting in an apartment in the 5300 block of West Oakdale Avenue when gunfire erupted outside about 12:35 a.m., authorities said.<br /> <span id="more-8649"></span><br /> Burgos, of an unidentified home address, died less than an hour later at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.</p> <p>On Saturday, 24-year-old <a href="">Genorel Martin</a> was opening the door to his apartment building in the 6700 block of South Throop Street in West Englewood when a gunman approached about 1 a.m. and fatally shot him near the vestibule, authorities said.</p> <p>In the Roseland neighborhood, police found 21-year-old <a href="">Travis L. Wright</a> shot to death in the backseat of a car outside his home in the 9300 block of South Wentworth Avenue about 12:25 a.m. Saturday, authorities said.</p> <p>On Thursday, prosecutors claim 29-year-old <a href="">Erika Jett</a> fatally stabbed her boyfriend, 30-year-old <a href="">Rodney Wilson</a>, during a domestic fight in the 5100 block of West Fulton Street, authorities said.</p> <p>Wilson, of an unidentified home address, died about an hour later at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the medical examiner's office.</p> <p>Jett <a href="">was charged with murder</a> and was ordered held on $500,000 bond.</p> <p>In the South Shore neighborhood, 25-year-old <a href="">Alexander D. Smith</a> was shot in the 7500 block of South Colfax Avenue about 2:45 p.m. Thursday, authorities said.</p> <p>Smith, of an unidentified home address, was shot multiple times and was dead at the scene, according to the medical examiner’s office. A 14-year-old boy was also wounded but survived.</p> <p>The killing started when a janitor found the body of 45-year-old homeless man <a href="">Joseph Kaman</a> in a garbage bin at Northwestern Business College in in the 4800 block of North Lipps about 11:45 a.m Tuesday, authorities said.</p> <p>Prosecutors claim <a href="">Jake Tate</a>, 27, <a href="">Todd Cooper</a>, 35, and <a href="">Daniel Morris</a>, 20, beat, strangled and sodomized Kaman <a href="">because Tate thought he had stolen his cell phone</a>.</p> <p>Additionally, 55-year-old ArrowStream CEO <a href="">Steven LaVoie</a> died last Monday after being shot July 31 in the 200 block of South LaSalle, authorities said. Police said recently demoted employee <a href="">Tony DeFrances</a> shot LaVoie <a href="">then turned the gun on himself</a>.</p> <p>Overall, the medical examiner’s office has ruled at least 349 Chicago deaths in 2014 a homicide — including 13 people killed by police.</p> <p>Chicago Police, <a href="">which counts murders different by following federal guidelines</a>, have ruled some of those homicides as involuntary manslaughter, justified self-defense or accidents.</p> Michael LansuMon, 20 Oct 2014 08:59:55 -0500 BurgosJoseph KamanSteven LaVoieGenorel MartinAlexander D. SmithRodney WilsonTravis WrightTodd CooperTony DeFrancesErika JettDaniel MorrisJake TateAlexandria Burgos killed in Belmont Craign shooting<p><iframe src="" width="100%" height="350" frameborder=0></iframe></p> <p><a href="">Alexandria Burgos</a> was fatally shot in a Belmont Cragin apartment early Sunday.</p> <p>Burgos, 18, was sitting in the apartment in the 5300 block of West Oakdale Avenue when shots were fired outside about 12:35 a.m., authorities said.<br /> <span id="more-8635"></span><br /> At least one of the bullets entered the apartment and Burgos was struck in the head, authorities said.</p> <p>Burgos, of an unidentified home address, died less than an hour later at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.</p> <p>Nobody has been charged for the murder.</p> <p>Area North detectives are investigating.</p> <p>-- Sun-Times Media Wire</p> Michael LansuSun, 19 Oct 2014 18:00:14 -0500 Burgos