“Good, hardworking kid” fatally shot during Uptown robbery, friends say

Jhonny Guamán in Sheridan Park | Facebook

Family, friends, and co-workers are remembering Jhonny Guamán as a “good, hardworking kid” who worked two jobs and “died way too young.”

Guamán, 20, was fatally shot in Uptown on Thursday afternoon as he walked home from work, according to police and friends. Witnesses said it looked like two men tried to rob him before one opened fire, shooting Guamán in the chest.

Jhonny Guamán | Facebook

“Two armed men killed him after he wouldn’t give them his backpack,” said Dog Haus Biergarten partner Toni Siprut on a GoFundMe campaign page. Guamán worked at Dog Haus and was preparing to go work at a second job Thursday when he was shot, Siprut said. The fundraising campaign hopes to raise money to cover funeral and burial costs. 

“His family will need help,” she wrote. “He was an incredibly nice, hardworking young man that died way too young–he was only 20 years old.”

Guamán was walking down the 900 block of West Belle Plaine on Thursday afternoon when two men got out of a black Jeep and approached him, according to police and witnesses. A witness said they thought Guamán was caught up in a robbery when the offenders shot him, but police have not publicly stated a motive for the shooting.

“Two armed men killed him after he wouldn’t give them his backpack,” Siprut wrote.

After shooting Guamán, both offenders returned to the Jeep, which reportedly fled southbound on Broadway and then eastbound on Irving Park Road.

“His family and his work family at Dog Haus Biergarten and Athenian Room will miss him dearly,” Siprut said.

In another GoFundMe campaign, Guamán’s brother hopes to raise enough money to bring him back to Ecuador for burial. Juan Manuel Guamán said Jhonny died in an armed robbery.

“He was just 20 years old and had a future ahead of him.”

That fundraiser had collected $70 of a $50,000 goal in its first day.

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