3 Black Gay Men Killed, 1 Critically Injured in Chicago Hit & Run Crash
Chicago police has reported that three men were killed and another was severely hurt in a hit-and-run crash on the city's South Side early Sunday morning.
According to ABC7 Chicago: The crash happened at about 5 a.m. in the Jackson Park Highlands neighborhood's 7000 block of South Jeffery Boulevard, police said. A sedan was traveling southbound when it struck the four men.
Three victims were transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead, police said.
Another man was transported to Stroger Hospital, Chicago fire officials said. He is in serious, but stable condition. The vehicle fled the scene and no one is in custody, police said.
A number of shoes could be spotted on the pavement, indicating just how violent the crash was. The victims' ages are not yet known. Authorities have not provided further information about the crash.
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Another angle of the hit & run crash has also been shared online via social media.
Several outlets have published the video involving the crash in hopes to find justice. TMZ recently reported they had an analyst attempt to make out the license plate but was unsuccessful due to the car driving too fast.
The Jeffery Pub in Chicago, the local gay bar the victims were reportedly leaving from, made an official statement about the incident, stating that the car was traveling at a "high rate of speed."
"Good Morning community. A very unfortunate tragic event occurred early this morning after closing. A small group of people were in the street and an unidentified vehicle drove past at a very high rate of speed injuring several people and some deceased. Our hearts heavy this morning that such tragic event has occurred. And to those that lost a loved one or friend we stand with you. We always encourage everyone to leave and go to your vehicles right away to make it home safe. And tonight this happened. If anyone has any information to assist in finding out who did this please contact us immediately and you will remain anonymous," the Facebook post states.
Gaye Magazine has been able to confirm and identify two of the three men killed in the crash. 1 of the men, nickname “Carlee Balenciaga” is in critical condition.
We send our sincerest condolences and prayers for the victims and their families. Gaye will continue to provide coverage as more details develop.