Franklin Park Man Wanted For Murder Of Leyden Teen

December 6, 2006

An arrest warrant was issued for a Franklin Park man wanted in connection with the gang-related murder of a 16-year-old teen in Leyden Township last Monday.

Two men have already been charged, said Office of Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart.

A no-bond warrant was issued Tuesday, Dec. 5, for Dimas Terrazas, 19, of Franklin Park. Police believe he shot and killed Edgar Velasco, 16, in unincorporated Leyden Township on Monday, Nov. 27.

Velasco, 16, and a second 16-year-old boy were walking down the street near Medill and Fairfield Avenues on Leyden Township's southwest side at 8:30 p.m.

A man police believe to be Terrazas allegedly stepped out from the shadows and fired several rounds toward the two boys, striking both of them.

Velasco died a short time later while the second boy sustained non-life threatening injuries and was later released from the hospital.

Terrazas faces two counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted murder. Police say he is also a member of the Imperial Gangsters street gang and is believed to be in the Chicagoland area.

He is reportedly 5' 5", 130 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes. He reportedly has a tattoo on his right bicep in the shape of a coffin with the name Dimas on it.

Police asked that anyone who knows of Terrazas' whereabouts call the Sheriff's Police Communication Center at 1-800-458-1002.

Two other men have been charged in connection with the case. Manuel Yanez, 18, of 3031 N. Houston in Franklin Park was charged early Monday morning with two counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted murder after allegedly admitting to driving the getaway car from the scene of the shooting. Bond for Yanez was set on Monday at $2 million.

Jimmy Lopez, 19, of 2144 N. Scott in Leyden Township was charged late last week with one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after Sheriff's Police executed a search warrant at his home and allegedly recovered the gun the offenders said was used in the shooting. The weapon, a .38-caliber revolver, was recovered in a basement bathroom vanity, said police. Bond for Lopez was set at $20,000.