Shrine Appears at Citgo Shooting Site

By Geoff Dankert | Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A memorial to shooting victim Max Vallejo has appeared at the Citgo station, 3600 N. Ashland Ave. Credit: Geoff Dankert

As Chicago police continue to search for suspects in a shooting earlier this month at an Ashland Avenue gas station, a fence bordering the property has turned into a memorial for one of the victims, who died a day after the shooting.

Around 3:40 a.m. on May 9, a man walked up to a parked tow truck at the Citgo, 3600 N. Ashland Ave., shot the two men inside, and ran away. The next day, victim Max Vallejo, 26, of Bolingbrook, died of his injuries. The condition of the other victim, believed to be a relative, is not known.

Today, handwritten tributes to Vallejo, known as “Rowdy,” fill a piece of poster board on the fence at the entrance to the gas station. Memorial candles are arranged below on the sidewalk.

Detectives at Chicago Police Area North headquarters are in possession of surveillance camera images that reportedly captured the incident. Witnesses and neighbors say Vallejo’s truck was often seen parked at the Citgo or in the Northcenter neighborhood; sources tell Roscoe View Journal that the shooting may have stemmed from an argument over a re-possessed vehicle. A spokeswoman for the Chicago Police Department would only say that the case is an ongoing homicide investigation, and no arrests have been made.

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