A 7-month-old unborn child was reportedly caught in the crossfire of a drug deal gone wrong Monday afternoon in Chicago. The child's 21-year-old mother allegedly attempted to rob those on the other end of the transaction and ended up with nothing.
A source who spoke on the condition of anonymity told the Chicago Sun-Times that Genesis Escobar got into a car around 1 p.m. with the intention of completing a drug deal near her home in the 5200 block of West Montana Street.
Escobar's boyfriend, who had been positioned outside the car, allegedly tried to rob the drug dealers while the pregnant mother was still inside the car. It is unclear whether Escobar was herself armed.
During the botched robbery, Escobar was riddled with bullets, as confirmed by the Cook County medical examiner's office. She was struck in the shoulder, back, and hand.
Escobar's alleged killers dumped her body out of the car. After reportedly showering her body with hundreds of dollars in cash, the killers fled the scene, said the source.
Prior to abandoning his pregnant girlfriend, Escobar's boyfriend reportedly grabbed some of the money on her body.
Escobar was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she and her baby were pronounced dead.
The Sun-Times reported that at the time of her slaying, Escobar was on probation for a misdemeanor battery conviction and was under indictment on a felony count of possession of a stolen vehicle.
Iris Alvarez claimed that Escobar had attempted to visit Alvarez's daughter around the time of the incident, reported WOAI-TV.
"She texted my daughter and told my daughter: 'Please help me! I'm in trouble!'" Alvarez said. "But my daughter was sleeping."
Roused by the sound of gunshots, Alvarez and her daughter allegedly saw Genesis gasping for air.
"They threw a bunch of money on top of her," said Alvarez. "I don't know if she was into some kind of trouble."
Police are still trying to track down those responsible.
According to Neighborhood Scout, the likelihood of becoming a victim of a violent crime in Democrat-run Chicago is 1 in 115.
Last year, there were 695 homicides, reported to WTTW.
As of March 1, the Chicago Police Department noted there were 79 homicides in the city, with 37 in February alone.
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