BREAKING: Suspects In Custody For Estrada Shooting
By Michael Romain
This morning, it was reported through the Sun-Times Media Wire that multiple suspects in the murder of Cook Co. Sheriff Cuauhtemoc Estrada have been taken into custody. The exact number of suspects is currently unknown.
Estrada, 50, was hosting a family holiday party on Friday night at a Bellwood VFW hall in the 200 block of 30th Avenue since he had been scheduled to work Christmas Day. As his daughter and her boyfriend were carrying food into the facility, they were approached by two armed robbers in ski masks and hoodies. Estrada, upon walking outside, saw the robbery in progress and reached to draw his gun. At about 9:15 pm, the robbers shot him in the chest.
He was rushed to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he died less than an hour later. According to reports, a procession of at least twelve vehicles followed the ambulance that transported the former Marine’s body to the Cook County medical examiner’s office at 2121 W. Harrison Street.
Estrada, a 20-year veteran with the Sheriff’s department, was widely known throughout Maywood and the surrounding Western Suburbs as an active member of his community. He was the founder of the popular Azteca Festival that was held in Maywood for several years.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Sheriff Tom Dart and his staff are “very optimistic right now we’re going to bring conclusion to this shortly.”
“Dart credited his staff, Bellwood Police, and the Cook County State’s Attorney for assisting in the investigation. He said surveillance video from the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall where Estrada was shot has advanced the investigation.
“‘There’s been a lot of effort by a lot of people to bring conclusion to this as quickly as we can and try to give the family some type of resolution before [he] is buried,’ he said.
“Dart said he got to know Estrada personally when he worked security detail in his office for a couple years.
“‘He wanted to do things in addition to working security aspects of the office,’ Dart said. ‘He wanted to go back on the street and work in that respect. He was well known with his family as being the person who planned the parties, executed the parties. He was very meticulous about it and loved doing it … For family events he was the guy. There’s nothing about this that isn’t heartbreaking.'” VFP
A memorial fund has been established for Estrada’s family and loved ones. Click here to support them in their time of bereavement.