Migrant who died at shelter in June was killed by cocaine, fentanyl: medical examiner

The former Wadsworth Elementary School building. | Google

CHICAGO — A Venezuelan who died at one of Chicago’s migrant shelters in June was killed by a deadly mix of cocaine and fentanyl, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, which ruled his death an accident.

Luis Alberto Aguilar Peres, 23, was the first person known to have died in Chicago since large numbers of migrants began arriving here in August 2022.

He was pronounced dead shortly after being found unresponsive at the former Wadsworth Elementary School, 6420 South University, on June 2.

Chicago police detectives launched a death investigation, but the medical examiner’s conclusions remained pending for months while tests were completed. The autopsy results were recently finalized.

Shortly after his death, Peres’ sister said her brother came to America “not only to realize his dreams of being here in the United States, but also to realize the dreams of others that are still in Venezuela … and he worked very hard doing that.”

“The last time we spoke he talked about wanting to save money to buy a home,” Peres’ friend, Angel Pacheco, told the Sun-Times in June. “We didn’t come here to cause problems or create a scandal … What we really want is to provide for our families, to have a future.”

Last month, a resident of the Wadsworth shelter shot and critically wounded another resident during a fight outside the complex, authorities said. Charges have been filed in the case.

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