- Javier Ramos, was shot to death in Chicago while working overtime as an Uber driver
- Ramos died of the bullet in the head that an alleged passenger gave him to steal his car
- Ramos’ crime has outraged the Hispanic community, as the man was the father of a 9-year-old girl
Javier Ramos, an Uber driver, was shot to death in Chicago, Illinois, by the passenger he was carrying and who stole his car. The Homicide Division of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) continues to investigate the incident that has caused deep outrage among the Hispanic community.
The murder of Javier Ramos, 46 years old and a dear parent of a nine-year-old girl, has caused a general climate of concern among other drivers of carpool services, such as Uber or Lyft, regarding the fear that armed robberies of their vehicles will become a new trend in the world. crime in Chicago.
Javier Ramos and his absurd death
As of this writing, CPD Homicide Division agents have not released details of the investigation into the murder of Javier Ramos, nor have they detained anyone as allegedly responsible for the death of the Hispanic worker.
The report that the CPD made of the incident in which Javier Ramos died, and that they sent to MundoHispánico By email, he details that the man before dying may have fought with his attacker so that his car would not be stolen and in the struggle, the thief injured him, leaving him lying in the street.
The crime report
According to the authorities’ investigation, Javier Ramos was covering his night shift as an Uber driver at 2:30 in the morning on March 23, 202.0 when he received the call to attend to a passenger who needed a ride. to an area of the West Side of Chicago.
The driver went to pick up the passenger who needed his services, it is not detailed in the documents where he picked him up, and the destination of the route indicated that he should take him to the address marked 3700 West Douglas Boulevard, in a well-known neighborhood. like Lawndale.
One shot in the middle of the night
When Javier Ramos arrived at the designated place to drop off the passenger, he pulled out a weapon and ordered him to get out of the vehicle. However, the driver of the Uber car did not obey the thief’s order and began to struggle with his rival, sparking a fight. Suddenly, in the dead of night, a shot rang out, alerting the neighbors.
The car thief killed the Hispanic Uber driver and then pulled him out of the car, leaving him lying in the middle of the street. After the murder, the alleged thief sped off in Javier Ramos’s car, also taking his cell phone with him. The alarmed neighbors who heard the shot came out to see what was happening and saw the body of the man lying on the street.
Doctors fought to save Javier Ramos’ life
One of the neighbors and other motorists called the emergency number to report the discovery of the man lying on the street. At first, the authorities who answered the call thought that Javier Ramos had been run over because the report that came to the emergency number said that a man was lying in the middle of West Douglas Boulevard.
However, when the first CPD patrols arrived at the scene of the report, they discovered that the victim identified by his driver’s license as Javier Ramos was critically injured with a gunshot to the head and ordered paramedics to take him to Mount Sinai Hospital, to be treated for your injuries.
Javier Ramos, a chain of misfortunes
While Javier Ramos was in surgery with doctors trying to save his life, the man passed away due to the severity of his injuries from the gunshot to the head. When the Hispanic Uber driver died at 7:45 a.m., the doctors called the Homicide Division agents to report the death.
Agents from the CPD Homicide Division began investigations at the scene of the incident and, thanks to some witnesses they located on West Douglas Boulevard, the agents were able to determine the sequence of events that led to the murder of Javier Ramos.
A devoted and hardworking father
Javier Ramos was the father of a nine-year-old girl and he worked the night shift as an Uber driver, in parallel to his regular job, to help his family move forward, according to the testimony that the afflicted Hortencia Ramos, the cousin of the deceased today, offered to various media outlets in Chicago, Illinois.
Hortencia Ramos said that every person who met her cousin ‘Javi’, as she affectionately called him, knew that the man was a devoted father to his daughter, with whom he loved spending his free time and that to give a better life to her, is that she had decided to take the job as an Uber driver at night to earn extra money.
The community faces deep pain for Javier Ramos
Hortencia Ramos asked the authorities that the death of his cousin Javier Ramos not be in vain, since the victim could have been “any other parent in the community, someone’s son or someone’s father,” the woman explained. , who assured that the community has to unite to avoid the violence that plagues the city.
The murder of Javier Ramos has caused deep pain in the Hispanic community of Chicago, Illinois, especially among service providers at night, as some consider that they are exposed and defenseless against the attack of violent and armed criminals.
The effort of Hispanics
Sabrina Contreras-Blake, 36, is a single mother from Durango who works like Javier Ramos as an Uber driver at night, in Chicago, to raise some money to support her two teenage daughters who they study high school and those who are left in the care of their mother.
“What happened has been something very sad and it scares you because they killed you when you were trying to earn extra pennies for your daughter… I work as a waitress during the day and at night I also go out to ‘uberear’, that’s why I know what one risks when walking in the street and especially in some neighborhoods “said Contreras-Blake, by phone, to MundoHispánico.
The vigil to remember Javier Ramos
Sabrina Contreras-Blake, along with hundreds of other people, attended an ecumenical vigil on Friday night, March 26, 2020, at the place where Javier Ramos was killed. The feeling of pain and helplessness that ran among those attending the vigil is a reflection of a community in Chicago that feels vulnerable to violence.
Hortencia Ramos, Javier Ramos’ cousin and who has become the spokesperson for her family, told Chicago television channel WGN9, during the vigil to commemorate the deceased today, that the Hispanic community no longer feels safe anywhere when they go out to work.
“You don’t feel safe anymore”
“You get to a point where you no longer feel safe anywhere,” said Hortencia Ramos, explaining that it is “frustrating, it angers you to the depths of your heart, that someone takes the life of another person and does not place any value on that life. Today a car or a wallet is more valuable than a human being, “he said bluntly.
As of this writing, the CPD Homicide Division has not been able to determine the identity of Javier Ramos’ alleged murderer, despite the fact that all the transactions of an Uber driver are recorded in his work history. Agents are also trying to recover video footage from the murder area.
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