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Teen beaten in New Year’s Day carjacking dies


A Southwest Side teen who was beaten in a carjacking on New Year’s Day died Wednesday.

Ezequiel Velasquez, 17, and a 21-year-old woman were westbound on 40th Street when they encountered a dark Chevrolet Suburban blocking the street near Pulaski about 6 a.m. Jan. 1, authorities said.

Several people got out of the SUV and approached Velasquez and the woman in the car to ask if they had any gasoline, Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien said.

When they replied they did not, the suspects pulled the woman from the car and beat her, O’Brien said. When Velasquez got out of the car, the suspects beat him, too. Then they used the car to push the SUV away from the scene.

Velasquez, of the 6100 block of South Massasoit, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, according to the medical examiner’s office.

The woman did not seek medical treatment, O’Brien said. Police could not say how she knew Velasquez.

The Sebring was found in the 4200 block of South Campbell. No one has been arrested in connection with the attack, O’Brien said.

Area Central detectives had been investigating the beating as a robbery and vehicular hijacking, but will likely reclassify it as a homicide investigation.

Pending the outcome of a Thursday autopsy, Velasquez’s death would be the fifth homicide in Chicago on New Year’s Day, and the 15 homicide this year.

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