Lena Nunez was watching television with her brother Saturday night at their grandmother’s Logan Square apartment when tragedy struck.
A stray bullet that tore through a window of the home in the 3500 block of West Dickens went on to strike the girl’s head, according to the Chicago Police Department and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Within hours, Lena was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital.
She was just 10 years old.
Geovanny Nunez, a family member who launched a GoFundMe campaign to cover the upcoming funeral costs, described her as “a sweet little girl filled with joy, hopes and dreams.”
“Her untimely death has broken the hearts of many,” wrote Geovanny, pointing to the girl’s family, namely her parents and the brother who was there when the fatal gunshot rang out.
“No parent should ever have to bury their child,” Geovanny added. “ That’s not the way it’s supposed to be!”
However, Lena is among a growing number of young children who have recently been victimized by Chicago’s summer gun violence. Two boys, ages 1 and 3, have also been shot and killed over the past two weekends.
During a news conference Monday, CPD Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said Lena appears to have been shot by a gang member targeting rivals from almost a block away. Deenihan added that detectives have identified a “suspect vehicle,” though no arrests have been made in the shooting.
With her family members “devastated” by the tragedy and already reeling financially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Geovanny started the crowdfunding campaign on Sunday to raise $35,000 to pay for Lena’s funeral and burial costs.
By Monday evening, shortly before a vigil was scheduled to take place in front of the apartment where Lena was killed, nearly 900 people had already kicked in a total of $36,480.