Gang's memorial event ends in fatal shooting

CHICAGO - At a weekend memorial party for a gang member killed two years ago, a fight erupted among members of the same Chicago street gang, ending in a fatal shooting in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood, prosecutors said Monday.

Circuit Judge Maura Slattery Boyle ordered Mariano Hernandez, who lives in the 900 block of North Pulaksi Road, held without bail Monday in the fatal shooting of Jesus Ramirez, 21, of Chicago. A second victim, Francisco Ramirez, 54, also of Chicago, was shot and wounded in the leg.

The deadly confrontation came after members of the La Raza street gang gathered in the 4400 block of West Cortez Avenue for the memorial shortly after midnight Saturday, prosecutors said. A quarrel allegedly led to a fistfight.

"After the fistfight ended, [Hernandez] produced a handgun and opened fire on the group, striking one victim in the head and a second victim in the left leg," Assistant State's Atty. Katherine Malloy said in court.