What was supposed to be a normal gathering ended in despair. Over the weekend, Chicago police received a call at 3:30 AM reporting a shooting in the 2100 block of North Albany Avenue.
The victim was fatally shot in his head at his friend's porch. He was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Family identified the victim as Suraj Mahadeva who they said was in the area to visit a friend. According to them, they don't know any possible suspects nor motive for the crime.
Suraj Mahadeva, age 26, worked as a medical clinician for a local doctor's office. He is from Sri Lankan and Filipino descent, and was active in the LGBTQIA and Asian communities in Chicago.
Chicago police is still looking for leads. His family is searching for justice and encourages anyone who has any information about the incident to step forward. "If there is anyone out there who has more information about the crime, if they would come forward to authorities, we really want more answers for our family," said Mahadeva's cousin who request to remain anonymous.
For those who want to extend help to the bereaved family, there will be a vigil at the Theater of the Center on Halsted (3rd floor) on Thursday, December 16, 2021 from 6:30-8:30PM. There's also an official GoFundMe page to help the family during this devastating time.