YVONNE RUZICH OBITUARY – A 70-year-old great grandmother was killed in a shooting in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood early hours of Monday, according to reports.
The woman was identified by a Family member as Yvonne Ruzich.
Ruzich’s daughter Karla stated; “She was the opposite of that evil that took her, she was my mom and had a piece of so many other people. Just standing here alone. People who come in for their morning coffee knew my mom.”
It was a weekly routine for Ruzich, who was a retiree from the Department of Streets and Sanitation, to come to work before 5 a.m. a couple of days a week at the Baltimore Food store near 133rd Street and Baltimore Avenue. Her stepson would also often stop to chat for a few minutes on his way to work, reports states.
Monday was starting off no different until an unknown gunman decided to take her life.
“You should be ashamed of yourself, and anybody who’s hiding your dirty little secret right now should be ashamed of themselves, too,” Karla Ruzich added.
Ruzich, was inside a parked car in the 13300-block of South Baltimore Avenue at about 4:26 a.m. when two suspects approached and opened fired, police states.
Edward Manzo recounted; “I woke up this morning to the sounds of gunshots. I heard about 8 or 9 of them.”
According to reports, surveillance video shows the two vehicles and a third car that pulled up, two people got out of the car and went over to Yvonne’s car and opened fire.
Her stepson watched the crime happen right before his eyes.
According to reports, Ruzich managed to drive away but then crashed down the block where the gunman caught up with her and shot her several more times.
She was transported to Advocate Christ Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds, she succumbed to his injuries few hours later, according to the police.
“I don’t know what to do with my life now, i’ve lost my best friend.” said Phil McGivney, the victim’s boyfriend.
McGivney went ahead to describe his girlfriend as a loving, caring grandmother that always made sure everyone was taken care of, she was wonderful, she would do anything in the world for anybody and always did.” McGivney stated.
She worked part-time because she loved to stay busy. Her boss said she was a dedicated employee and a hard worker.
She was known by so many in this tight-knit Hegewisch community, always a smiling face and a great attitude. This crime has many people that live and work here in complete shock.
“Every single person that came in here, she made feel special but I’m angry,” said 10th Ward Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza. “We’ve been fighting. We have one beat car here, one. We shouldn’t be penalized because we are one of the safest neighborhoods in the city. We shouldn’t be penalized. We need help here too.”
According to reports, Yvonne leaves behind three grandchildren whom she loved dearly.
“Everyone came out here to celebrate my mom. Everybody needs to come out here to watch your neighbors and help raise your neighbor’s kids,” Ruzich’s daughter started. “Maybe they needed a mom like my mom. Maybe they needed a grandma Jo and their block was missing it.”
“The only way we’re going to get this resolved is with the help of the community and everybody working together,” Chicago Police Cmdr. Robert Rubio disclosed.
Community activist Andrew Holmes is offering a $2,000 reward for information in the incident. Police are asking people in the neighborhood to check their surveillance video for any possible lead.