|Jackie Ivascu in a photo seen on her GoFundMe page. | GoFundMe|
Supporters of a Lakeview woman who was shot in a random crime as she walked home from work earlier this month have raised over $6,500 to help cover the 27-year-old’s medical bills and lost income.
Jackie Ivascu was shot on the right side of her chest as she walked in the 600 block of West Surf around 1:30 a.m. on June 8th. She had just left her server job at Duke of Perth, a restaurant and tavern located less than a half-block away at 2913 North Clark.
“If you have been to Duke of Perth in the last five years, then you know and most likely adore Jackie,” one supporter wrote online. “I’m heartbroken to hear this happened to her.”
Jackie told police that an unknown white man on a bike fired a single shot at her as he rode by. The shooting appears to be a random incident as investigators were told that there were no issues with ex-boyfriends, patrons, or other common motives. A police spokesman said on June 11th that no reason for the shooting had been found.
The campaign for Jackie soared past its initial $5,000 goal within days. Her cousin, Noiemi Lobont-Rosario, has since established a “push goal” of $20,000.
Lobont-Rosario said the shooting left Jackie with a damaged lung, liver, and diaphragm, but she is finally out of the hospital and recovering at home with family.
“I would like to use this platform to thank the EMTs, Chicago Police Department, and the doctors, nurses, and aides at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital,” Lobont-Rosario wrote. “Words cannot express how grateful we are for your life-saving efforts on Jackie’s behalf. God bless you all.”
All money raised will go towards Jackie’s medical bills, prescription drugs and loss in wages, according to the campaign’s site.
“She is always a welcome sight when I come in to Duke of Perth,” CJ Leonard wrote on the campaign page. “I very much hope to see her happy and healthy soon.”
And a woman named Anna, who identified herself as Jackie’s sister, said, “She is one of the strongest people I know and extremely kind. It is really great to see that she has people to support her because she deserves all the support and love she can get.”