$15,000 reward offered in murder that may be linked to armed ‘Kia Boys’

CHICAGO — Cook County Crime Stoppers is offering a $15,000 reward for information that helps Chicago police solve the murder of Salvador Herrera.

Herrera, 42, was shot and killed in the 700 block of South Loomis around 2:45 a.m. on October 15. He worked as a bartender and was killed as he drove home after his shift.

Chicago police officers patrolling the area found Herrera dead behind the wheel of a crashed car. He had been shot in the back.

A witness told police that he saw four men running from the scene after they fired shots toward Herrera’s car, according to a Chicago police media statement.

Near the shooting scene, officers found a Hyundai with a broken rear-side window. Its steering column had been recently stripped, leading officers to suspect that Herrera stumbled upon a group of armed “Kia Boys” who were in the process of stealing the Hyundai.

So far, though, no arrests have been made.

Salvador Herrera | Cook County Crime Stoppers

“I’m enraged and want justice,” his sister, Marcelina Herrera, told the Sun-Times days after his death. “I don’t want my brother to be just another news story.”

“He was a sports fan — a Chicago fan. He loved his city. And his city let him down,” another sister, Remedios Herrera, told the paper.

For the next 60 days, Crime Stoppers is offering up to $15,000 for information that leads to the indictment or arrest of whoever is responsible for Herrera’s death.

Anyone with information, video, or photographs can submit information anonymously at 1-800-535-STOP or TIPS@cookcountycrimestoppers.org. The group said tipsters do not need to provide their names. People who provide information will be given a code number that will allow them to claim the reward if their information proves to be fruitful.

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