A pregnant 21-year-old Chicago woman was shot and killed while trying to rob someone

On Monday afternoon, a 21-year-old woman, identified as Genesis Escobar, was fatally shot in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood of Chicago while attempting to rob people inside a car. According to Chicago police, Escobar entered the vehicle, which was in the 5200 block of West Montana Street at Laramie Avenue, at around 1 p.m. in an attempt to rob the occupants.

Police stated that while inside the car, Escobar was shot in the shoulder, back, and hand before being thrown out onto the intersection. Witnesses reported that people rushed to her aid before the arrival of the police. Despite being taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Escobar was pronounced dead. She was seven months pregnant with her first child, according to a friend of the victim who spoke to CBS 2.

Iris Alvarez, a close family friend, recounted that Escobar had come to visit her daughter around the time of the incident. She stated that Escobar texted her daughter at around 1 p.m., asking for help because she was in trouble, but her daughter was asleep and didn’t respond.

Alvarez stated that they were awoken by four gunshots and were surprised when they looked outside the window to see someone open the driver’s door, walk around the vehicle, pull Escobar out, and drive off.

Witnesses reported that before leaving, the driver threw cash onto Escobar’s body. Alvarez said she wasn’t sure what the cash represented, speculating that Escobar may have been in some kind of trouble.

Escobar’s daughter rushed downstairs after the incident and discovered her best friend gasping for air. She was immediately rushed to the hospital, but both Escobar and her unborn baby girl were pronounced dead.

Friends of Escobar stated that she was excited to become a first-time mother. Alvarez expressed her shock at the violent incident, saying, “I don’t care how much trouble you’re in. I feel that for a person to do that to someone, doesn’t have a heart.”

No suspects have been arrested, and Area Five detectives are investigating the incident. The Chicago police have roped off the intersection of Laramie and Montana, north of Fullerton Avenue, as part of their investigation.