Omar Burgos moved to Florida more than a decade ago, leaving his 20-year-old daughter and two siblings in Chicago to worry about her transgender daughter.
On Monday evening, he learned that Unique Banks and his mother, Alexandra Olmo, were shot in their South Shore apartment, and three others were seriously injured.
“No one goes to your house and starts killing people,” said Burgos, who lives in Orlando and works as a mechanic for American Airlines.
Police provided few details about the circumstances of the shooting, but said it occurred during a “targeted residential break-in.”
Law enforcement sources told The Sun-Times that Olmo’s boyfriend and two other transgender women survived the attack. There are currently no indications.
“Chicago Police Department is still investigating this incident and, out of respect for the victim and his family, will provide additional information after speaking with people close to the victim,” a police spokesperson said. said in a statement.
By Tuesday afternoon, the Cook County coroner’s office had not released the identities of Banks and her mother, and their families had not been formally informed of their deaths. , Banks was the name she used after the transition.
Banks and her mother were killed Monday afternoon at the scene of a shooting at Block 2900 on East 78th Street, police said. Three others were taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition, fire officials said.
One victim drove 800 meters (0.5 miles) to McDonald’s where police and paramedics were called. Police at the scene said the man was grazed on the neck and shot in his back and arm.
Deputy Police Chief Sean Lorran described the shooting as a “heinous crime” but did not discuss a possible motive. “What I can say specifically is that it doesn’t seem like a random act,” he added.
Burgos said his “heart was torn apart” and dreamed of taking her to Florida to live with him. just knowing that [Unique] already. “
As he recalled their trip together to Miami and Puerto Rico, he remembered the advice he gave her. “Try to do good. Stay out of trouble. Be careful with the friends you choose,” he said.
However, he admitted that children “grow up and start doing their own thing.”