CHICAGO – The man who was shot and killed in a Lake View alley on Sunday evening has been identified as a 47-year-old father of two daughters and a restaurant worker.
Hermilo Beltran was shot multiple times just behind Happy Camper – a restaurant and bar in the 3400 block of North Clark Street.
According to GoFundMe page set up by his family, Beltran was about to start his shift at his second job at a restaurant a few blocks from Wrigley Field when he was shot.
According to police, Beltran was shot in the chest and armpit. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Beltran leaves behind his wife and two daughters, aged 16 and 9.
“My uncle was a hard worker,” Elvis Guiracocha said on a GoFundMe page. “He was a husband, a father and a support for his family. Now begins the difficult period for those he leaves behind: my aunt and her two daughters, the eldest of 16 years old and the youngest of 9 years old. “
Beltran was on his way to work at the Happy Camper pizzeria, which posted a Facebook post calling him “our neighborhood’s unsung hero.”
“Those who work day in and day out to keep our neighborhood operational… are truly the backbone of our community, and for their time in our community, we are grateful,” the restaurant said.
The homicide shook neighbors, bosses and employers.
On Tuesday, an annual pre-season business meeting was held at the 19th District station.
Wrigleyille Ald. Tom Tunney (44th), whose department includes the murder scene, said he was working with business owners to ensure they had the tools they needed to maintain security both on the workplace and while employees were coming and going from their shifts.
Hermilo Beltran | Courtesy of the GoFundMe page
Tunney also said the neighborhood has always had a heavy presence of police bike patrols.
It’s dipped slightly during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Tunney says CPD plans to beef up those street and alley patrols very soon.
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No suspect is currently in custody.
If you would like to donate to Beltran’s family, you can find the GoFundMe here.
The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.