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Father, daughter admit roles in grisly Southwest Side killing, dismemberment

Daisy Gutierrez / phofrom Chicago Police

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Updated: November 8, 2013 6:22AM

Daisy Gutierrez told her family to leave their Southwest Side home last May.

And she invited Jose Reyes to come over, prosecutors said.

Gutierrez, 19, lured Reyes to her room and began to undress — all while her boyfriend lay in wait.

And that’s when the horror began to unfold inside the single-story home in Chicago’s Scottsdale neighborhood, leading prosecutors to charge Gutierrez on Sunday with Reyes’ murder.

Her father, Salvador Gutierrez, 56, is charged with concealing a homicide for allegedly watching while Reyes’ body was dismembered and for allegedly helping bury the remains.

Chicago Police think a love triangle was at the center of the violence at the home in the 8300 block of South Scottsdale, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times. A prosecutor said Daisy Gutierrez had children with Reyes’ brother. Children’s toys could be seen Sunday behind the home, which was wrapped with police tape.

Assistant State’s Attorney Heather Kent said Reyes, 28, had expressed his own interest in Daisy Gutierrez and had been calling her cellphone.

On May 21, while Daisy Gutierrez was undressing in front of Reyes in her bedroom, Kent said the boyfriend kicked in the door and pounced on Reyes.

The boyfriend, who has yet to be charged, attacked Reyes with a pipe and a knife, slitting Reyes’ throat in front of Gutierrez and decapitating him, Kent said.

When it was done, Gutierrez called her father and told him she had “fixed the problem,” Kent said. Her father came home, and they allegedly persuaded him to help get rid of the body.

Salvador Gutierrez watched while his daughter’s boyfriend dismembered Reyes, Kent said. Then Salvador Gutierrez spent three hours digging a hole in the backyard of the Scottsdale home and helped bury the remains in plastic bags, Kent said.

The next day, Kent said, Daisy Gutierrez and her boyfriend fled to New Jersey. Reyes’ remains were found about 1:20 p.m. Friday, and an autopsy determined that his death was caused by “multiple sharp force injuries” and “assault,” according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Daisy Gutierrez, pregnant and dressed in a dark hoody, stood Sunday in a courtroom near her father, who busses tables at an Oak Lawn restaurant. Records show he was arrested Friday at the restaurant.

Both listened calmly as Kent outlined the macabre crime to Cook County Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil, telling the judge that Daisy Gutierrez and her father admitted their roles in Reyes’ death.

The judge set Daisy Gutierrez’s bond at $2 million and her father’s at $500,000.


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