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.
“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.