Community meeting about attack, sex assault of girl, 15, on NW Side
BY TINA SFONDELES Staff Reporter December 18, 2013 8:18PM
A 15-year-old girl was found beaten and sexually assaulted Tuesday in the backyard of a Northwest Side home. The resident said he discovered the bloody scene and called 911 immediately. | Mitch Dudek~Sun-Times
Updated: December 19, 2013 1:29AM
Belmont-Cragin residents will meet Thursday to discuss safety in the neighborhood reeling from the gruesome attack and rape of a 15-year-old girl Tuesday morning as she walked to a bus stop to get to school.
The 6:30 p.m. meeting at the Northwest Community Church in the 5300 block of West Diversey will address community safety concerns, according to Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30th).
The teen left her home about 6 a.m. Tuesday, en route to the bus she was taking to her high school, when she was hit in the head, dragged into a yard in the 2400 block of North Long and sexually assaulted. A man shoveling snow found her in his yard about 8 a.m.
She suffered severe head injuries and underwent surgery. It’s unclear whether the girl has been able to provide detectives with a description.
No arrests have been made in the case.
Reboyras said the meeting, organized by the community group Northwest Side Housing Services will address safety measures and will allow residents to have questions answered. Reboyras said he’ll be in attendance, as well as a police commander and detective.
“I think we need to work hard so we can get the communication rolling on this so we don’t wait for anything like this to happen again,” Reboyras said.
The attack happened less than a block from a CPS Safe Passage route and the area is home to at least four schools.
Meanwhile, an administrator at the victim’s school addressed parents and students in a letter Wednesday.
“This is a terrible incident and we are all deeply saddened that a member of our . . . family was the victim of such an awful attack,” the administrator said in the letter.
The school is not releasing any information about the student or incident, pending the police investigation. And the family has also requested privacy, the letter reads.
The Sun-Times is not publishing the name of the school to protect the victim’s privacy.
“Please keep our student and family in your thoughts and prayers,” the letter said.
Contributing: Mitch Dudek