3 alleged gang members plead not guilty to murder

November 27, 2006
Two brothers and a third man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges alleging they gunned down a mother of five who was standing in the way of a rival street gang member.

Brothers Alberto Colin, 23, of Chicago, David Colin, 24, of Berwyn, and Fernando Ojeda, 18, of Chicago, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges. They were slated for a status hearing on Jan. 8, 2007, before Cook County Criminal Court Judge Clayton Jay Crane, according to Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Andy Conklin.

The men, alleged members of the Satan Disciples street gang, are accused of fatally shooting Helen Coronado as she was walking to her Pilsen apartment with two of her children, ages 12 and 13, on Oct. 7. According to authorities, Coronado had no gang ties and she was not the intended target.

After obtaining a gun from a contact of Ojeda, the defendants drove into the territory of the rival Bishops street gang at about 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 7. According to a court proffer, earlier that morning, Alberto Colin was beaten up by a Bishop gang member in front of his mother.

They proceeded to the 1800 block of South Wood Street where Alberto Colin exited the van and fired two shots at a Bishop gang member walking down Wood Street, the proffer said. One of the shots struck Coronado as she was walking with her two children several feet in front of the intended target, the proffer said.

The defendants then fled in the van, which was curbed by police shortly after the shooting.

Coronado was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where she was pronounced dead shortly after midnight on Oct. 8.