Rewards offered for information in two recent Chicago murders

Frandys Avila and the minivan that investigators linked to his murder. (Cook County Crime Stoppers)

CHICAGO — Rewards are being offered for information that leads to indictments in two recent Chicago murders. The offers, announced by Cook County Crime Stoppers on Friday, are good for 60 days.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $15,000 for information about the December 8 murder of Frandys Avila. The 18-year-old was driving when a minivan struck his vehicle around 8:45 p.m., according to the crime-fighting group.

When he pulled next to the minivan in the 6000 block of South Laflin, someone inside the van fired shots, killing him, Crime Stoppers said. The minivan, possibly a 2008 to 2016 Chrysler Town and Country, was damaged on the front driver’s side during the collision with Avila’s car. Its rear driver’s-side window was shot out during the shooting.

The second reward, also of up to $15,000, is offered for information about the murder of 38-year-old Tyrone Rush on January 14. Rush was on the sidewalk in the 1500 block of East 67th when someone opened fire on him around 5:52 p.m., Crime Stoppers said.

Information about either crime can be shared with the group anonymously at 800-535-STOP or TIPS@cookcountycrimestoppers.org. The group said tipsters do not have to give their names. Instead, anyone who offers information will be provided with a code number to use if a reward is paid.

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