Officials are hoping to crack a year-old north suburban murder case that has links to the Rogers Park neighborhood.
The Cook County sheriff’s office, which is leading the investigation, said Erik Esquivel lived in Rogers Park until someone shot at him in November 2020. He packed up and moved to Maine Township, near Niles, with his girlfriend and their newborn daughter.
Just a few months later, a gunman shot Esquivel and his girlfriend as they sat in their car outside their new home on the 9600 block of Greenwood Road. Esquivel died. The woman, also 18, survived.
After the shooting last year, Arlington Cardinal reported the gunman was a Hispanic man wearing a black knit cap, a black hoodie, a black gaiter mask, and black pants.
Officials said the killer escaped in a stolen silver Jeep that police later found abandoned in Rogers Park.
Yesterday, the sheriff’s office released video of the Jeep as investigators tried to drum up new leads.
“We left the city because of this (violence),” the sister of Esquivel’s girlfriend told the Tribune last year. “And it still followed us.”
Anyone with information about the case or the Jeep can contact detectives at 708-865-4896 or 847-635-1188.