Damn, What Bad Timing
As a volunteer with the anti-violence group Ceasefire, 28-year-old Hector "Smurf" Romero worked to stop gang shootings.
Now his family fears he was one of three victims of the Southwest Side's second gangland-style triple killing in a month.
Tio Hardiman, director of Ceasefire Illinois, said Romero volunteered more than a year ago for the anti-violence organization.
Working as a violence "interrupter," he mediated disputes in East Ukrainian Village, Hardiman said. "You need guys with street credibility and guys who can get in, make sense of madness and bring guys around," Hardiman said.
"Hector told me personally he was trying to go in another direction," he added. "I just wish he was able to reach out to somebody before this happened."
Remember when J-Fled told the media (with a straight face) that we used to be able to go to gang leaders and tell them to "knock it off"?
Hey Tio? KNOCK IT OFF!