Gyovanny Arzuaga and Yasmin Perez are a Puerto Rican duo that was shot in a graphic video in Chicago after celebrating a Puerto Rican Day parade with a Puerto Rican flag on their car.
According to CBSN Chicago, Gyovanny Arzuaga died immediately while Yasmin Perez survived for some time but also died later.
Gyovanny Arzuaga and Yasmin Perez Age
Gyovanny Arzuaga was 24 years old while Yasmin Perez was 25 years old.
Gyovanny Arzuaga and Yasmin Perez were Parents
The Husband and wife were parents of two children and they were celebrating the parade on Saturday, June 19, 2021, when gunmen ambushed and shot them. Police said three unknown suspects opened fire on the pair in Humboldt Park around 9:15 p.m. The motive is not yet clear.
According to Fox 32, “There was a very minor traffic accident, and a group of people swarmed that specific car,” said Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan. “A group of people swarmed that specific car, they are seen hitting and beating that woman. You see the suspect shooting him in the head almost execution-style.”
Video Showing the Shooting
The two were attacked by up to three unidentified men who opened fire on them in Humboldt Park on the city’s Northwest Side around 9:15 p.m., Chicago police said.
Arzuaga was shot at point-blank range and was pronounced dead soon afterward at AMITA Health Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center.
Arzuaga was shot by a man wearing a sleeveless white shirt after the young father tried to shield Perez, who had already been beaten and shot.
Perez was shot in the neck and was rushed in critical condition to Stroger Hospital of Cook County, where she has now died about three days later
The video contains especially disturbing content.
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Police Clarifies the Effects of Sharing Such a Video
According to Fox 32, Chicago Police Supt. David Brown commented on the widespread sharing of the video of the attack.
“You see this tragedy happening real-time on video, posting the night of, practically the moment after, adding to the tragedy for all of the families of victims involved,” Brown said.
He said it’s unfair if the video contributes to the perception that Chicago is facing a scourge of violent crime. “We don’t want to sensationalize this more than it’s already been sensationalized. The country is under a violent crime wave, but there is a decline in violent homicides and shootings in this city, which is unusual compared to other major cities seeing a continued peaking,” Brown said.
Arzuaga Brother Eulogises Gyovanny Arzuaga and Yasmin Perez
“My heart is destroyed, that was my best friend, my brother,” said Arzuaga’s brother in a phone interview with FOX 32 News on Sunday night.
A Go Fund me organized by Isaly Schaffner was a fundraiser to cover funeral service costs for Gyo’s family and medical bills for Yasmin’s family. The fund had managed to raise $40,527 raised of $10,000 goal as of posting.
We would first like to thank everyone who has shared and donated to the GoFundMe. We did not expect this kind of response and we greatly appreciate it.
Sadly, this morning, Yasmin passed away due to her injuries. She fought hard for the last couple of days, but ultimately decided it was time to join Gyo in heaven. We are all heartbroken and devastated beyond belief as they leave behind two beautiful children, Sofiya and Jayden.
We are humbled by the enormous outpouring of everyone’s generosity and support during this difficult time. Due to Yasmin’s tragic passing, the GoFundMe will be used for both services and the balance will be placed in a fund to care for their children and their education. We will update this page when we have more information on funeral services.
May Gyovanny and Yasmin Rest In Peace. Posted Isaly Shaffner
Isaly as per a Twitter post was Gyovanny’s cousin
Chicago!!!! My cousin and her boyfriend were shot last night at the PR Day Parade. Please share this!!!! Anything helps💙❤️🇵🇷🇵🇷 https://t.co/nMLirOUVrg
— isaly (@isalyloveskb) June 20, 2021