Wanted suspects in murder of Chicago art student returning from Halloween shopping

Chicago Police are asking the public for help in identifying three suspects in the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old art student on his way home from Halloween shopping in September in the West Elsdon neighborhood.

Melissa “Azul” De La Garza pulled into a car at around 8:27 pm on September 25 outside her family’s home in the 5400 block of South Avers Street when she was shot.

On Tuesday, his family asked for help identifying the killers.

“I would like to say which families these children belong to, do the right thing and return them,” said his father, Jose De La Garza. “Let them face the charges they face without further grief to their own families. These guys are living with someone. They have a mother and a father. Someone is taking care of these children.”

De La Garza said he has no idea why anyone would want to hurt his daughter.

“I really don’t have words for them except, ‘Why? Why would you want to take Azul? Such a beautiful soul, “said her father.” It has been an endless nightmare. It’s really embarrassing. It’s really hard to learn to move forward without Melissa. Difficult to eat. Difficult to sleep. Difficult to wake up. Difficult to work. Difficult to do anything. “


Her family struggled to talk about the senseless death of their loved one, who had a scholarship to the School of the Art Institute in Chicago

“I get asked all the time in interviews, ‘Would you say something to him?’ I have no words for it except that I love him so much, ”said his sister, Isabel De La Garza.

Her sister said she spoke with Melissa only 30 minutes before she was killed.

“The last time I heard from my sister was via a Facetime call. It was a normal day. She was so happy. She had just bought a Halloween costume. She was in her car trying to get home. She looked so happy about it. Calling face to face, “she said. “I do not understand this gun violence against innocent people.

Anyone with information is asked to call Zone 1 detectives at (312) 747-8380 or submit an anonymous tip to cpdtip.com.

Kayleen C. Rice