Ah. It's not even a month into 2012, and Logan Square has had it's first murder of the year. Already. Such a shame.
The murder occurred this past Saturday at the corner of Armitage and Western, at appromixately 5:40pm. It started out as a verbal altercation. The 21 year old man who was killed, identified by the Cook County Medical Examier's office as L. Caballero, was involved in an altercation with the offender, "Wicked", a known tagger in the Logan Square community, who's real name is Kristopher Klimala, is suspected of the crime. Caballero was the passenger in his girlfriend's car, which was facing east on Armitage, when an argument turned physical. Caballero was stabbed multiple times, and then died a short time later. According to the Chicago Police Department, the offender fled the scene but a person of interest is in custody. "The offender and the victim may have had prior interaction," a news affair officer was quoted as saying.
Klimala is a known tagger in the neighborhood, who is infamous for his graffiti name of "Wicked". He, along with a group (that he is a member of) called VTC, are known in neighborhoods on Chicago's Northwest side neighborhoods such as Bucktown, Wicker Park, Humboldt Park and Ukrainian Village, in addition to Logan Square.
Caballero's girlfriend drove him to St. Mary's Hospital, and then he was transfered to Stroger by the Chicago Fire Department. He died at 7:01pm as a result of his injures. He lived in the 2600 block of W Armitage. Anyone with information about the homicide should call Area 5 decs at (312)-746-8282.
Wow, this is pretty sad. It just ain't safe on the streets anymore, at all. You're always hearing about people being killed here in Chicago, and it strikes a nerve with me that one of the first murders of the year happens in our community. Logan Square residents, you've taken enough time off from being involved in the community. Time to jump right back into the game, my friends. I say it's also time to start really reporting these taggers in our neighborhood, because now they're apparently murderers, too.
I will be highly monitoring comments on this post, just so everyone knows.