Police: Wife, daughter killed, then man turns gun on self
BY SAM CHARLES AND BRIAN SLODYSKO Staff Reporters August 13, 2013 1:21AM
Kelly Coca and her daughter, Karla Eguez, found shot to death in their home.
Updated: September 15, 2013 6:13AM
A man suspected of fatally shooting his estranged wife and 5-year-old daughter inside a Little Village home early Tuesday remained in critical condition after he turned the gun on himself, police said.
Officers discovered the family at the single-story home in the 2800 block of South Kildare around 12:15 a.m., finding 28-year-old Kelly Coca and her daughter, Karla Eguez, each with a gunshot wound to the head, authorities said. The 27-year-old husband and father also was found in the house with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police said.
Neighbors reported hearing arguing coming from the home, shortly before hearing gunshots, a law enforcement source said.
Coca and her daughter had just returned to their home on Kildare after a trip to Miami, where her estranged husband lives, the source said. Karla had spent a month with her father, the source said.
Coca and her daughter were dead at the scene, according to the Chicago Fire Department.
The man, whose name was not released, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, police said.
In January 2011, Coca was the alleged victim of a domestic battery by the man. The Florida man charged with the crime, allegedly performed a leg lock on her, dragged her from her room and began punching her head. He then allegedly bit her on the right hand, causing her to bleed.
The man, who records indicate he was enlisted in the U.S. Army, was arrested and held in lieu of $10,000 bail. The charges were later dropped.
Nohemi Cossio, who identified herself as Coca’s cousin, said Coca was happy to be building a new life in the United States after moving from her native Bolivia.
“I want people to remember my cousin, remember how eager she was to live life and progress in this country,” Cossio said. “She came here four years ago, and she was doing very good for herself and her daughter.”
Karla Eguez was about to start kindergarten at Epiphany Catholic School, where she had attended a pre-K program last year. Scott Ernst, the principal there, said she will be remembered as “ a great student, a happy student. Obviously we’re grieving, and our hearts go out to the family,” he said. “It’s been tough for the entire community.”
Cossio said Karla was a happy, loving child.
“She would run up to everyone and hug them. She was always so happy,” Cossio said. “She wanted to grow up to be just like her mother.”
Coca worked as a hygiene specialist for Swisher Hygiene and had been with the company since October 2011, a company spokesman said.
A company van was parked across the street from her home Tuesday morning.
“We are incredibly saddened to hear about this tragic news,” the company said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and all that have been affected by this senseless tragedy. Kelly was a model employee and she will surely be missed.”
Contributing: Jon Seidel, Stefano Esposito